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Venezuela protests: What you need to know

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01:54 - Source: CNN
Why Venezuelans are protesting
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Venezuela has been riven by violent protests in recent weeks as opposition leaders face off with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.

Anti-government protesters want Maduro to step down, accusing him eroding democracy. Maduro, meanwhile, has ordered the Venezuelan armed forces onto the streets to maintain order.

The political turmoil comes against the backdrop of a worsening economic crisis. Despite having the largest proven oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is fast running out of cash, and its people have struggled for years with food and medical shortages, coupled with skyrocketing prices.

As the protests continue, here’s what you need to know:

Venezuela spirals into ‘deep economic crisis’

Why are they protesting?