Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro had to be protected by his bodyguards after an angry crowd threw eggs at him in the first public event he has attended after a wave of protest in the country.
The 54-year-old President was participating in a traditional commemorative event in the city of San Felix, in the southern Venezuelan state of Bolivar. They were celebrating the 200 years of the independentist battle of San Felix, which put an end to Spanish rule in the Guayana region in 1817.
The event was broadcast on the national TV and radio channels but the live connection was suddenly cut when the President had to be protected by bodyguards as people were throwing eggs and other items at him.
The video, later published on different social networks, shows the President in a convertible car. Bodyguards are seen climbing over the car to shield him from the objects being thrown by the angry crowd.
Another video shows the President covering his head with his hands and a person can be heard saying "maldito" (‘damned’), among other insults.
According to unofficial sources, five people were arrested, including two minors, during the incident.
It is not the first time that this type of incident has happened to President Maduro. Last September in the town of Villa Rosa, in the Venezuelan state of Nueva Esparta, the President was surrounded by an angry mob, protesting against the government.
The president had to run away, helped by his bodyguards. That time, Braulio Jatar, the director of the website Reporte Confidencial, a local media outlet that shared the images of what happened online, was arrested and sent to prison.