Venezuelan opposition renews protests against Maduro

Caracas has seen a second day of anti-government protests [Christian Veron/Reuters]

Protesters in Venezuela have renewed nationwide anti-government rallies to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to step down, a day after three people were killed in similar demonstrations dubbed by the opposition as the “mother of all marches”.

Crowds on Thursday were smaller than the hundreds of thousands of people who flooded the streets of the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday, holding rival rallies amid increasing tensions over the oil-rich country’s political crisis.

“I went out today, as many other Venezuelans, because we want to restore the constitutional order, we went out for the political prisoners, because we want the government to call for elections, we want the autonomy of the National Assembly,” protester Sandra Vanessa told Al Jazeera.

“Despite the violence that we are witnessing in the country, this calling is important. We are fighting for our rights, we are suffering from food shortages, there is poverty, our people are dying in the hospitals, we can’t find antibiotics, it’s important to be out,” she added.

Anti-government demonstrators accuse Maduro of eroding democracy and plunging the economy into chaos. Aljazeera

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