Opposition supporters rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Enraged by last week's suspension of their push for a referendum to remove Maduro and determined to end 17 years of socialism in the South American OPEC nation, Venezuela's opposition has sharply ramped up its tactics in recent days.
Opposition demonstrators shout slogans in front of Venezuelan National Guard members in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Wednesday.
Protesters clashed with security forces in several cities across Venezuela, including the volatile western town of San Cristobal that was an epicenter of violence during 2014 anti-Maduro protests.
National police prevent demonstrators in eastern Caracas from heading to the capital's downtown.
Coalition leaders called for a national strike for Friday, and a Nov. 3 march to the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, unless the election board allows the referendum to remove Maduro.
Opposition supporters rally in Caracas.
Despite sitting on the world's biggest oil reserves, Venezuela is in the throes of a punishing recession that has many poor families skipping meals amid scarce food and triple-digit inflation.
Opposition activists clash Wednesday with National Guard members in San Cristobal.
Lilian Tintori, center, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López, stands with protesters in Caracas on Wednesday.
After a yearlong trial, López was sentenced to almost 14 years in prison for "inciting violence" during street protests in Venezuela in 2014.
Demonstrators hold up signs with depictions of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Wednesday.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a rally of pro-government demonstrators in Caracas. Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader, narrowly won election after Hugo Chavez's death in 2013.