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2 die in mass protest against Venezuela government

Like a half-dozen times previously, their progress was blocked by light-armored vehicles and a curtain of tear gas and rubber bullets fired by riot police officers. [...] it had the added effect of energizing Venezuela’s fractious opposition, which had been struggling to channel growing disgust with Maduro over widespread food shortages, triple-digit inflation and rampant crime. The government last year abruptly postponed regional elections the opposition was heavily favored to win and cut off a petition drive to force a referendum seeking Maduro’s removal before elections late next year. The government has tried to recover from the near-daily protests with its own show of force: jailing hundreds of demonstrators, barring former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles from running for office and standing by as pro-government groups violently attack opposition members of congress.

Article by By Joshua Goodman and Fabiola Sanchez (c) Page One News - Read full story here.