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Renewed violence erupts in Venezuela
Published on April 22, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Violent demonstrators take part in a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 20, 2014. Hundreds of Venezuelans marched in Caracas on Easter Sunday for the 'resurrection of democracy' in a new day of protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro, which began more than two months ago and has left 41 dead. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Violence erupted again over the weekend in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Police responded with tear gas and water cannon to Molotov cocktails thrown by demonstrators.

Masked protesters burned effigies of Maduro after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy".

Some 41 people have died in the violent protests since February and hundreds have been arrested.

Many of the protesters say they will not stop until Maduro resigns.

"We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir told Reuters.

Supporters of the president have also been protesting.

In one of the capital's shanty-towns, residents burned effigies of opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

This week, Maduro marked one year in office, after replacing the late Hugo Chavez.

He said via Twitter: "I will continue to fulfill my oath with the people. No-one will deny our right to be happy, free and independent."
 
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John el-amin:

As an American, I stand with the people of Venezuela supporting the Bolivarian Revolution, the memory and legacy of Bro. Hugo Chavez and the Presidency of Mr. Maduro. I also stand in opposition to the American greed, arrogance, racism that is plaguing this world. Do not accecpt these lying racists into your country. As everywhere they go, horror follows and appetite for bloodshed,death and destruction


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