11 Photos From Venezuela's Anti-Government Protests

  @ericbrownzzz on February 12 2014 5:03 PM
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    Protesters hold up a mock coffin as they take part in a demonstration in Caracas on Feb. 12, 2014. Reuters/Jorge Silva
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    A demonstrator jumps on shield wall formed by riot police during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on Feb. 12, 2014. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends an event to celebrate Youth Day in La Victoria February 12, 2014. Reuters/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters
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    Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez is seen during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on Feb. 12, 2014. Reuters/Jorge Silva
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    Protesters set police vehicles and other cars and SUVs ablaze in Caracas today. Via@ianbremmer.pic.twitter.com
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    Protestors take to Plaza Venezuela to demonstrate against Venezuelan President Maduro Twitter
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters hold a mock coffin during a demonstration against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters hold a mock coffin during a demonstration against Venezuela's President Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    Opposition supporters demonstrate against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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    An opposition supporter holds up a placard during a demonstration against Venezuela's President Maduro's government in Caracas Reuters
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Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets of Caracas on Tuesday to protest the policies of President Nicolas Maduro on “Youth Day,” a celebration of students’ role in a 19th-century battle against colonialists. Protestors say they are unhappy with Maduro’s continuation of his predecessor and mentor Hugo Chavez’s policies and are calling for his removal. Some 20 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began.

Though the protests in Caracas have been largely peaceful, there have been some reports of protestors throwing rocks and other items, Reuters notes. Outside of Caracas, some of the protests have turned more explicitly violent. Men belonging to militant community groups called “colectivos” opened fire into a group of protesters on Tuesday night, leaving at least five wounded.

A Reuters report cited a Reuters cameraman and photographer as saying that they both heard shots and saw one protester fall to the ground, who was later carried away dead.

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