Posted: May 8, 2014 7:05 AM
Updated: May 8, 2014 7:05 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Hundreds of National Guard members and police have broken up four camps maintained by student protesters and have arrested 243 people in an early morning raid, Venezuelan officials said Thursday.
The camps consisting of small tents were installed more than a month ago to protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuela's Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said the tent cities were dismantled earlier in the morning.
Rodriguez Torres told state television that the 243 people who were arrested would appear in court in the coming hours.
The South American country has been roiled since February by demonstrations that have killed 41 people on all sides, and left another 785 injured. At least 2,200 people have been arrested in connection with the protests over the last few months.