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Valenzuela protests call for President to step down, 8 killed so far

22 April 2017

But the protesters who showed up Wednesday vowed to keep struggling against Maduro and voicing their displeasure with the state of the country.

Inaugural committee records filed with the Federal Election Commission show Citgo Petroleum, a USA affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors to events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony.

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Accounts of protesters being beaten or killed reinforce the tragic and oft-suppressed narrative of the downtrodden Venezuelan worker.

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Maduro, 54, called on his backers to stage counter-demonstrations in Caracas on Wednesday.

Since 2014, pressure on Mr.

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In response to Wednesday's massive protests, which had always been in the works, Al-Jazeera reports Maduro ordered the Venezuelan military to march in Caracas in "defense of morality" and "in repudiation of the traitors of the country". The government has used tactics such as lobbing tear gas from helicopters to disperse opposition crowds, efforts aided by pro-government gangs often armed with weapons and clubs. Vatican-mediated negotiations also broke down with the sides accusing each other of bad faith. Maduro and his allies do not control.

"This is a government in the final phase of how these regimes behave", one opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, said.

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Venezuela's capital city of Caracas in what was called the "mother of all marches" against socialist president Nicolas Maduro.

The government heavily subsidises imports of basic food products such as flour via an artificially high exchange rate.

Medicine remains in short supply, too. Maduro dubbed as a "bread war".

The much-heralded rallies began with opposing camps gathering on the streets of the capital, Caracas and other cities throughout Venezuela. "The government has staged a self-coup and what they're now doing to me is part of it".

Maduro this week said he was dramatically expanding civilian militias created by Chavez and giving each member a gun.

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What was the "mother of all marches"?

The worldwide support received by the Venezuelan people in many capitals of the world, in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe, was also substantial, where the peoples joined forces with the Venezuelan, something that should give great pause to those who are confabulating to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution.

Marches have repeatedly ended in clashes between demonstrators and security forces, with rock-throwing youths squaring off against tear-gas-lobbing security forces in confused melees that drag on well into the evening. Maduro's government with the backing of ideological adversaries in Washington.

Two Venezuelan students died on Wednesday after being shot during protests against unpopular populist President Nicolas Maduro, increasing turmoil in the volatile nation amid a crippling economic crisis. Over 400 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday, rights group Penal Forum said.

The opposition called for another march on Thursday, using the same strategy from the day before when protesters started their march at 26 different points throughout Caracas and converged at the office of the ombudsman, the government's top human rights official.

Maduro critics increasingly doubt that the ruling Socialist Party, which was soundly defeated in 2015 legislative elections, will allow for free and fair elections. Eleven countries called this week for a time frame to hold elections.

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Valenzuela protests call for President to step down, 8 killed so far