Reuters: Venezuela security forces battle anti-Maduro protesters
Venezuelan security forces quelled masked protesters with tear gas, water cannons and pepper spray in Caracas on Tuesday after blocking an opposition rally against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
The clashes began after the authorities closed subway stations, set up checkpoints and cordoned off a square where opponents had planned their latest protest against autocratic government and a crippling economic crisis.
In cat-and-mouse skirmishes on backstreets and highways around the capital, youths built barricades, burned trash and hurled rocks and bottles at soldiers and police. Various opposition leaders organized roadblocks.
Police used pepper spray on National Assembly head Julio Borges, two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles and rights activist Lilian Tintori, as they led protesters onto highways and jostled at barricades, witnesses said.
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More News On Today's Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela
Police fire pepper spray at opposition march in Venezuela -- FOX News/AP
Clashes as Venezuelans protest in political crisis -- AFP
Water Cannons Repel Venezuela Anti-Government Protests -- Bloomberg
Venezuela security forces clash with anti-Maduro protesters -- UPI
Venezuelan Police Use Tear Gas to Break Up Opposition March in Caracas -- Latin American Herald Tribune