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>> Supermarket owner, Hanni Moustaf, says he's terrified after a group of men carrying weapons looted and destroyed his shop and family home, seen here in the El Valle neighbourhood in Caracas.>>
> Things got turbulent here, and a group of armed people started coming down. They started looting the butcher where we are right now.
And afterwards, they went to the butcher next door and started looting the bakery where some people died following an electrical problem.>> Crowds of people gathered outside to watch police investigate the carnage. Inside, workers picking up what's left on the empty shelves. The latest incidents of looting comes as Venezuela struggles with an acute shortage of food and basic items.
The economic crisis has spurred massive protest against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro. Reuters' correspondent, Brian Ellsworth, is in Caracas.>> What has been happening is it's been daytime protest that often marches and then in the night time, we have basically a combination of street violence and looting.
Separatel,y there were people shot in and in other parts of. Right now gives us 20 people total, dead in the last couple of weeks, as a result of this continuing demonstrations.>> Maduro is so far resisting the pressure to step aside, labeling the protesters hoodlums who were trying to overthrow the government.
But the opposition isn't backing down. They're demanding Maduro's government call general elections, free almost 100 jailed opposition activist and respect the autonomy of the opposition-led Congress.