Ral­lies held as more black­outs hit Venezuela

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

Venezue­lan op­po­si­tion pro­test­ers on Sat­ur­day con­verged on a main av­enue in Cara­cas and other parts of the coun­try, vent­ing their anger over a na­tion­wide black­out, short­ages of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro.

At the same time, Maduro back­ers held a demon­stra­tion in an­other dis­trict of the cap­i­tal that drew a crowd protest­ing against the U.S. and its “bru­tal ag­gres­sion” against the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

Both ral­lies il­lus­trated the gulf be­tween two fac­tions now strug­gling for con­trol of a na­tion par­a­lyzed by eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal tur­moil.

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