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Venezuelans pour into Caracas streets in anti-Maduro protest

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 4:00 AM
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles shows the document which says he is banned from running for office for 15 years.

CARACAS (AP):

Venezuela's government responded with light armoured vehicles and tear gas yesterday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro poured into the streets of Caracas in a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam.

The demonstration came a day after Maduro's government barred top opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years.

The ban was the latest in a series of steps that critics and foreign governments warn are bringing Venezuela closer to dictatorship.

Authorities last Friday banned Capriles for alleged administrative irregularities as governor of Miranda state.

The move, decried by his supporters and foreign governments, followed the recent short-lived Supreme Court decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power.