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Opposition Protesters Block Roads in Venezuela’s Capital

Despite calls from the opposition to keep protests peaceful, anti-government demonstrators burned trash and set up barricades in Venezuela's capital city of Caracas on Monday.

The actions disrupted traffic and commutes, but there have been no reports of major violence.

Image: Caracas, Venezuela
A motor cycle driver, right, argues with demonstrators blocking the highway at Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. Traffic has come to a halt in parts of the Venezuelan capital because of barricades set up by opposition protesters across major thoroughfares. Rodrigo Abd / AP

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles asked supporters on Sunday to keep demonstrations peaceful, in an attempt to limit the clashes resulting in the deaths of 11 people since protests started on February 12.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for a national peace conference this week and has invited Capriles.

In the U.S., the unrest in Venezuela has generated rallies in support of the protesters. Thousands gathered at the "S.O.S. Venezuela Rally" in Doral, Fla. on Saturday.

Image: U.S. Protestors Rally In Support Of Venezuelan Opposition
A white dove flies over the crowd after being released as Venezuelans and their supporters show their support with the anti-government protests in Venezuela on Feb. 22, 2014 in Doral, Florida. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

"We saw thousands of people here, all very united against the government," said Dagoberto Rodriguez, a Venezuelan-American businessman who has resided in Miami for the last three decades.

Thousands of Venezuelan-Americans who support the opposition in Venezuela gathered in Doral, Fla., on Feb. 22, 2014 in what they called the "S.O.S. Venezuela" rally at the J.C. Bermudez park. Dagoberto Rodriguez