Big street protests con­tinue in support of new elec­tions

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

CARA­CAS | Thou­sands of pro­test­ers de­mand­ing new elec­tions faced off with se­cu­rity forces who launched tear gas and stood shoul­der-to-shoul­der block­ing road­ways in the Venezue­lan cap­i­tal Mon­day.

Demon­stra­tors cov­ered their faces to pro­tect against the plumes of tear gas that wafted through the streets of Cara­cas. A few threw rocks as they tried to make their way down­town wav­ing Venezue­lan flags and car­ry­ing signs de­cry­ing left­ist Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

Now in their sec­ond week, the protests ini­tially erupted April 1 af­ter the Supreme Court stripped congress of its last ves­tiges of power, a de­ci­sion it later re­versed.

Demon­stra­tors and op­po­si­tion lead­ers are an­gered at what they see as a gov­ern­ment that no longer re­spects demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and is slid­ing to­ward au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism.

Mr. Maduro ac­cuses the op­po­si­tion of fo­ment­ing un­rest and con­spir­ing with in­ter­na­tional ac­tors to desta­bi­lize the coun­try.

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