Venezuelans clog roads in new anti-govt protests

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 14 May 2017, 21:06:20
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Venezuelans clog roads in new anti-govt protests

CARACAS, May 14 (Al Jazeera): Venezuelans in cars and on motorcycles, bikes and horseback have clogged roads in the latest protests in more than a month of nationwide marches against President Nicolas Maduro.

Security forces used tear gas to disperse protesters on Saturday in the northern city of Valencia and soldiers blocked the procession from reaching its intended destination.

In the capital Caracas, protesters hoped to fill 25km of road leading to the coastal state of Vargas.

The protests were the latest in more than a month of unrest sparked by the country's deepening political and economic crisis.

"You have to keep finding ways to protest," Rafael Galvis, 46, told AFP news agency as he drove a truck carrying a dozen protesters waving the red, blue and yellow Venezuelan flag and banners with slogans criticising Maduro.

"We are going to stay in the street, building a way out of the crisis," opposition politician Freddy Guevara said at Saturday's Caracas rally.

In the central state of Cojedes, groups of people riding horses joined the procession of protest.

Government supporters also rallied in downtown Caracas on Saturday to support the president.

Tens of thousands of protesters have turned out for near-daily protests in the country for weeks, seeking to remove Maduro and put an end to a devastating economic crisis that has caused widespread food and medicine shortages.

The unrest has killed at least 38 people since early April, including protesters, government sympathisers, bystanders and security forces. Hundreds have also been hurt or arrested.
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