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Rival marches to oppose, back government

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 AM
A protester scuffles with police as others shout: “Police don’t support the dictatorship” during a May Day opposition march in eastern Caracas, Venezuela yesterday

CARACAS (AP):

Venezuelans took to the streets in dueling anti- and pro-government demonstrations as an intensifying protest movement opposing President Nicol·s Maduro enters its second month.

Opposition leaders called on supporters to converge on government buildings in downtown Caracas yesterday. For weeks security forces have prevented protesters from reaching the heart of the capital. At least 29 people have died in the growing unrest.

The embattled socialist administration called its own march in downtown to celebrate May Day. The government also set up checkpoints that snarled traffic along main highways, and closed the city's subway system.

Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles said Maduro was vainly trying to hamper the march with those measures. Maduro accuses his opponents of conspiring to overthrow him.