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Protesters shout criticism at President Evo Morales in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz de la Sierra after opposition called for a general strike over poll results. IMAGES

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March turned into chaos: Anti-govt protests, clashes intensify in Venezuela

Police and protesters clashed in the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Monday as an intensifying protest movement opposing the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro entered its second month. Officers launched tear gas and chased people away from main thoroughfares as the peaceful march turned into chaos. Opposition lawmaker Jose Olivares was hit in the head with a tear gas canister, and was led away with blood streaming down his face. Some demonstrators threw stones and gasoline bombs and dragged trash into the streets to make barricades.

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Stones & tear gas: Anti-govt protests turn violent after opposition leader ban in Venezuela

Clashes erupted between anti-government protesters and riot police in the central streets of Caracas, Saturday, after a ruling by the Venezuelan government to ban a main opposition leader from office for 15 years. As police blocked the protest, clashes erupted. Riot police deployed tear gas as protesters hurled stones and other objects at them. The protest comes after a decision by the President Nicolas Maduro’s government to ban the main opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running in presidential race for 15 years. In a response to the state’s decision, Capriles called his supporters to participate in mass demonstrations.

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