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Venezuela soldier held after pregnant 18-year-old killed in meat queue tussle

  • National guardsmen opened fire as people waited for scarce pork
  • Opposition say incident is emblematic of economic meltdown

Venezuelan authorities have arrested a national guard soldier and accused him of shooting dead a pregnant 18-year-old during an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork.

Alexandra Colopoy was shot by First Sergeant David Rebolledo, according to a tweet by the state prosecutor late on Sunday night. No further details were provided, but critics of President Nicolás Maduro’s leftwing government seized on the incident, calling it a stark example of the oil-rich country’s meltdown.

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