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Venezuelans Mount Pressure on Government as Protests Intensify
Anti-government rallies in Venezuela turn deadly as thousands of protesters take to the streets.
A police water cannon disperses demonstrators during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela April 6, 2017.
Venezuela's political crisis intensified over the last two weeks when the Supreme Court issued rulings curbing the powers of the opposition-controlled legislature. The court reversed the rulings days later, but the opposition protests grew from that moment.
Thousands of demonstrators march in Caracas on April 8.
The opposition is accusing pro-Maduro Supreme Court judges of attempting an internal "coup d'etat" for attempting to take over the opposition-majority legislature's powers last week. The socialist president's supporters held counter-demonstrations, condemning Maduro's opponents as "imperialists" plotting with the United States to oust him.
A demonstrator wearing a homemade teddy bear gas mask to protect himself from tear gas participates in an anti-government protest in Caracas on April 13.
A 32-year-old man died after being shot and wounded in a demonstration on April 11, becoming the fifth victim in the protests that began weeks ago. Dozens of people have been injured and more than 100 arrested since April 6, according to authorities.
A protester sets a barricade on fire during a protest in Barquisimeto on April 12.
While demonstrations are often held in middle-class neighborhoods, this most recent wave of unrest for the first time has sparked protests in the slums that have historically been bastions of support for the socialist revolution launched nearly two decades ago by late President Hugo Chavez.
More protests are planned for the coming days, leading up to an April 19 demonstration the opposition is billing as the mother of all marches.