CARACAS, Monday January 25, 2010 | Update
Government followers blocked the streets to prevent dissenting students from marching on (Photo: Jorge Hernández)
Followers of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela and opposition-aligned students had reached an agreement to protest in different places of the city, but suddenly police officers used tear gas and pellets to disperse the students.
Both groups had agreed to change the routes of the marches, but members of the ruling party threw bottles, stones and sticks to the dissenting students, who were dispersed by the police with pellets.
Students protesting against President Hugo Chávez sung the national anthem while the police was facing them with water canons.
Student Ronny Belo, of the law faculty at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, was wounded by a stone.
With reports by Jorge Hernández
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.