Masked militia stormed a university in Caracas hurling stones and fireworks as tensions mount over Venezuela’s crippled economy.
Pro-government students at the Central University of Venezuela battered their anti-establishment peers with sticks, hospitalising three.
Hundreds of riot police deployed tear gas and grenades to bring the hours-long conflict under control.
The outburst on Thursday started as a march through the capital calling for an end to rocketing inflation and dwindling resources.
But within minutes, bandana-clad fundamentalists started throwing rocks at police officers and the scene descended into near-anarchy.
Student leader Juan Requesens says at least three protesters were hospitalised with serious injuries.
The militia members prevented journalists from photographing a student who lay on the ground, apparently gravely injured. The students captured two counter-protesters and stripped them naked. More photos at the link.