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Protests in Venezuela

Updated 1:33 PM ET, Mon May 12, 2014
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A member of the Bolivarian National Police clashes with protestors during a demonstration against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Saturday, May 10. Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces have left more than 40 people dead and about 800 injured since February, according to officials. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA /LANDOV
Venezuelan riot police stormed four encampments of opposition students on Thursday, May 8, across Caracas, including one in front of the United Nations headquarters in the capital city, detaining hundreds. CARLOS BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan National Guard personnel in riot gear dismantle a students' encampment in front of the U.N. headquarters in Caracas on May 8. CARLOS BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan riot police arrest a student taking part in an anti-government protest in Caracas on May 8. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Venezuelan National Guard detain a man during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday, April 26. Over several months, protesters unhappy with Venezuela's economy and rising crime have squared off against security forces. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA /LANDOV
Demonstrators destroy a bank sign in Caracas during a protest against the government on Sunday, April 20. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers shield themselves from fireworks thrown by protesters in Caracas on April 20. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A man helps an injured demonstrator in Caracas on April 20. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A masked protester watches clashes with the National Police in Caracas on Thursday, April 17. Ramon Espinosa/AP
A police officer runs from a fire set off by a Molotov cocktail thrown by protesters in Caracas on April 17. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A masked anti-government demonstrator throws a tear gas canister back at National Police during clashes in Caracas on Saturday, April 12. Fernando Llano/AP
A protester shouts for fellow demonstrators to not attack the National Police trapped under a highway with protesters during clashes on April 12. Fernando Llano/AP
A student opposed to the Venezuelan government looks toward the National Police during a protest outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas on Thursday, April 3. Fernando Llano/AP
An opposition student struggles with members of a pro-government group at the Central University of Venezuela on April 3. Fernando Llano/AP
People shout insults at police Tuesday, April 1, during clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Caracas. Fernando Llano/AP
Members of Venezuela's National Police clash with demonstrators in the Cachao sector of Caracas on Monday, March 31. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/epa/LANDOV
Protesters clash with members of Venezuela's National Police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro's government on Sunday, March 30, in Caracas. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/LANDOV
Officers stand guard during an anti-government march in Caracas on Saturday, March 29. FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands fill the streets of Caracas on Saturday, March 22, during an anti-government protest. Meanwhile, a crowd of pro-government students marched against what they called "fascist violence." Manuel Hernandez/XINHUA/LANDOV
Riot police shoot tear gas during the March 22 protest. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Law enforcement personnel use water cannons to disperse demonstrators on March 22. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators clash with members of the National Police after a mass meeting called by opposition students in Caracas on Thursday, March 20. SANTI DONAIRE/EPA
A person holds a smoking canister as demonstrators clash with members of the National Police on March 20 in Caracas. SANTI DONAIRE/EPA
People wearing masks and helmets duck behind a tree as demonstrators clash with members of the National Police on March 20 in Caracas. SANTI DONAIRE/EPA
People take part in a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Sunday, March 16. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/LANDOV
Anti-government protesters kneel as National Guardsmen arrest them in Caracas on March 16. Esteban Felix/AP
A National Guard member stands during an anti-government march in Caracas on March 16. Esteban Felix/AP
A demonstrator clashes with government forces during a protest in Caracas on Saturday, March 15. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Clashes continue March 15 in Caracas. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police face off with students in Caracas on March 15. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
An injured demonstrator receives help during clashes in Caracas on March 15. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-government activists, left, face riot police in Caracas on Thursday, March 13. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
An activist is taken by police during an anti-government protest in Caracas on March 13. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers put out a Molotov cocktail on March 13. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Venezuelan students clash with riot police during a protest against the government on Wednesday, March 12. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Students walk amid tear gas shot by riot police in Caracas on March 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters run from a water cannon blast shot by police in Caracas on March 12. Fernando Llano/AP
A police officer is removed from the front line of clashes after being overwhelmed by tear gas in Caracas. Alejandro Cegarra/AP
An injured protester is helped away in Caracas on March 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A riot policeman kicks back a tear gas bomb during a protest in Caracas on March 12. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A protester throws a tear gas canister in Altamira, Venezuela, on Sunday, March 9. stringer/XINHUA/LANDOv
Police keep formation during protests against the government in Caracas on Saturday, March 8. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/LANDOV
National Guard members arrest an anti-government protester during clashes in the Los Ruices neighborhood of Caracas on Thursday, March 6. Fernando Llano/AP
National Guard members take cover as a firecracker launched by protesters explodes nearby in Caracas on Wednesday, March 5. Fernando Llano/AP
An activist throws tear gas back at riot police during a protest against the government March 5 in Caracas. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters clash with the National Guard during a protest in Caracas on Tuesday, March 4. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/LANDOV
National Guard members are deployed in Caracas on March 4. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A protester throws a tear gas canister toward National Guard members in Caracas on March 4. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Anti-government demonstrators gather during a protest in Caracas on March 4. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters destroy a wall March 4 to get more rocks to throw at riot police in Caracas. Rodrigo Abd/AP
National Guard members detain a protester March 4 in Caracas. Fernando Llano/AP
A National Guard officer points a tear gas launcher at demonstrators in Caracas on March 4. Fernando Llano/AP
Protesters use a giant slingshot to launch stones at police during clashes in Caracas on Monday, March 3. Fernando Llano/AP
National Guard members throw tear gas canisters toward opposition activists in Caracas on March 3. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A protester tries to throw a homemade bomb during clashes with police March 3 in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A protester ducks during clashes with police March 3 in Caracas. Fernando Llano/AP
A National Guard member shoots tear gas during protests in Caracas on March 3. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A masked protester with a makeshift shield kicks a tear gas canister launched by the National Guard during clashes in Caracas on Sunday, March 2. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Activists in Caracas march in protest against the government on March 2. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A protester hurls a Molotov cocktail at National Guard troops on March 2. John Moore/Getty Images
A protester shouts during clashes with government forces in Caracas on March 2. Rodrigo Abd/AP
National Guard officers stand in formation after a patrol in Valencia, Venezuela, on Saturday, March 1. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Protesters clash with police forces in Caracas on March 1. Cristian Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A demonstrator attends a rally with human rights activists in Caracas on Friday, February 28. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Protesters take cover from a police water cannon in Caracas on February 28. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A demonstrator throws a rock at police during an anti-government protest in Valencia on Wednesday, February 26. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A policeman fires his shotgun to disperse protesters in Valencia on February 26. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Women march to the National Guard headquarters in Caracas on February 26 to protest what they call excessive use of force against anti-government demonstrations. Fernando Llano/AP
An employee of a supermarket in Maracay, Venezuela, inspects the damage done by looters on February 26. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A man stands next to a burning street barricade during a protest against the Venezuelan government in Caracas on Monday, February 24. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Henrique Capriles, an opposition leader and governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda, joins in a news conference February 24 in Caracas. Opposition leaders and government officials blame each other for the unrest, and both sides show no sign of backing down. XINHUA/LANDOV
A pedestrian moves past a burning barricade blocking a highway in Caracas on February 24. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro acknowledges the crowd during a motorcycle rally organized in support of his government February 24 in Caracas. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Lilian Tintori de Lopez, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, center, walks hand in hand with actress Norkys Batista, left, and lawmaker Maria Corina Machado as they arrive for a news conference in Caracas on February 24. Fernando Llano/AP
A motorcyclist, left, argues with demonstrators blocking a highway in Caracas on February 24. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A man wearing a T-shirt with the likeness of Latin American hero Simon Bolivar joins in a pro-government march in Caracas on Sunday, February 23. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A man carries a woman overcome by tear gas that was fired at anti-government protesters in Caracas on Saturday, February 22. Rodrigo Abd/Ap
Anti-government protesters take cover during clashes with riot police in Caracas on February 22. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Thousands take to the streets of Caracas on February 22 to protest the government. Cristian Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Lilian Tintori de Lopez attends an anti-government demonstration in Caracas on February 22. Cristian Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A Venezuelan protester waves a flag in front of a burning barricade in Caracas on Friday, February 21. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Protesters face National Guard troops in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on February 21. ORLANDO PARADA/AFP/Getty Images
A woman waves a Venezuelan flag out of her Caracas window on February 21. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A masked protester sprays a flammable substance on a barricade during protests in Caracas on February 21. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Barricades set up by opposition protesters block a road in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas on Thursday, February 20. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A protester adds fuel to a fire during clashes with police in Caracas on February 20. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters light fires during an anti-government demonstration in Caracas on Wednesday, February 19. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters throw stones at riot police in Caracas on February 19. Protesters have been demanding better security, an end to scarcities, and protected freedom of speech. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the National Police protect themselves during a protest in Caracas on February 19. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Two women sit in front of a line of National Guard officers outside the Palace of Justice in Caracas on February 19. Rodrigo Abd/AP
Protesters throw objects amid tear gas launched by riot police in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas on February 19. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A supporter of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez protests outside of the Palace of Justice in Caracas on February 19. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
Leopoldo Lopez is escorted by members of the Venezuelan National Guard on Tuesday, February 18, after turning himself in to authorities. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Lopez supporters light fires in the streets of Caracas on February 18. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of demonstrators gather in support of Lopez in Caracas on February 18. Santi Donaire/EPA/LANDOV
A protester faces riot police February 18 during a march in Caracas. RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
President Maduro raises his fist during a rally in Caracas on February 18, in this photo released by the Venezuelan government. Maduro and his supporters have blamed the opposition for causing the very problems it protests. PRESIDENCIAHO/AFP/Getty Images
A protester confronts the National Guard as they block the path leading to downtown Caracas on February 18. Carlos Becerra/AP
Protesters clash with the National Guard during demonstrations in Caracas on February 18. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators stand on a highway during a protest outside La Carlota airport in Caracas on February 18. Rodrigo Abd/AP
A young woman argues with members of the Venezuelan National Guard during an anti-government protest in Caracas on Monday, February 17. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/LANDOV
A group of protesters raise their hands during a demonstration in Caracas on Sunday, February 16. The country has an inflation rate of 56.2%, the highest in the world, and many basic goods are missing from store shelves. SANTI DONAIRE/EPA/LANDOV
A demonstrator shouts for riot police not to fire tear gas in Caracas on Saturday, February 15. Fernando Llano/AP
A student protester returns a tear gas canister to riot police on February 15 in Caracas. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Riot police stand during clashes in Caracas on February 15. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of students lie on the ground during a protest in front of the Venezuelan Judiciary building in Caracas on February 15. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Students stand in front of police February 14 outside the Caracas headquarters for the Organization of American States. SANTI DONAIRE/EPA/LANDOV
On Thursday, February 13, relatives, friends and pro-government supporters carry the coffin of a man who was killed during a protest in Caracas. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez greets supporters during a demonstration in Caracas on Wednesday, February 12. Lopez was charged with murder, terrorism and arson in connection with the protests, according to his party, Popular Will. Lopez denies the accusations, the party said in a statement. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
The body of a protester is carried away after gunshots were fired during an anti-government rally in Caracas on February 12. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS/LANDOV
Police detain a student in Caracas on February 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A protester walks past a line of riot police in Caracas on February 12. JORGE SILVA/REUTERS/LANDOV
A demonstrator is detained after jumping over a riot police line in Caracas on February 12. JORGE SILVA/REUTERS/LANDOV
Riot police protect themselves during an opposition rally in Caracas on February 12. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
Police detain a student during clashes in Caracas on February 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters confront riot police in Caracas on February 12. JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images
A protester throws a stone in Caracas on February 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images
A student falls to the ground in front of riot police in Caracas on February 12. LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images