CARACAS, Monday February 09, 2009 | Update
A total of 15 students were shot on Monday morning at Santa María University, western Barinas state, while demonstrating in favor of the No vote for the amendment to the Constitution.
Eixora Serano, Vice-President of the Student Council, Faculty of Law, reported that on Monday morning, they found the walls of the university painted with slogans against students and in favor of the Yes vote.
Students went out the university to distribute pamphlets for the No vote and paint slogans on car windows but security agents dispersed them with tear gas and plastic bullets.
"At 10:00 a.m., we were staging a peaceful protest when police corps, specifically the Municipal Police, attacked us; they trespassed on the university. Tear gas canisters were stronger than usual; we could not even breathe," said Serrano.
Two students were detained. "So far, we do not know their whereabouts."
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