They demanded the release of students arrested of eviction in Caracas last Thursday.
The protests were largely ignored by the mainstream Marxist media in the United States.
Four were injured by mortars and another twelve were injured by pellets fired by police.
The violent showdown occurred on Avenue of the Americas in Puerto Ordaz.
State police attempted to disperse a crowd of students who had blocked an alley prompting an exchange of mortar fire.
Video of the mayhem revealed at least one police officer appearing to sustain serious injuries.
Neighbors complained of tear gas after hooded protesters were fired upon; some wounded with buckshot.
Access to the University of Carabobo was closed after hooded protesters set tires ablaze in the road. Students also blocked passage through the arch Bárbula Naguanagua and University Avenue.
At one point the students unfurled a huge banner, reports said, but failed to indicate the sign's message.
Police exchanged a hail of stone, bombs, and pellets at the intersection of University Avenue and Cecilio Acosta. Once police successfully cleared the site, students moved in another location blocking an intersection near the Las Americas Golf Elijah viaduct.
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