Church slams protest abuses in Venezuela

Apr 03, 2014, 2:01 AM EDT
A young protester manns a barricade before dawn on March 9, 2014 in San Cristobal, the capital of Tachira state, Venezuela.
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Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people. The surprisingly strong attack is likely to revive church-state tensions that were constant during the 14-year socialist rule of Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez.
Catholic Church blasts Venezuela for 'brutal repression' of protesters [Reuters]