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Friday, April 21, 2017

Venezuelan opposition plans to block roads, stage silent processions


Venezuela's energized opposition is planning sit-ins on roads, silent marches in white to commemorate the dead and other nontraditional protests as it tries to build on the momentum of recent street demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the South American country again Thursday to demand elections and denounce what they consider an essentially dictatorial government. They were met by curtains of tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to march to downtown Caracas. Later in the day, opposition leaders gathered in a show of unity at an outdoor news conference in the eastern Caracas neighbourhood that has been at the heart of three weeks of near-daily protests. More…

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