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Chaos in Caracas

Opposition groups have taken to the streets in Venezuela five times in the last week, protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, and its recent attempts to curb the existing power of the opposition party and limit who is eligible to run for office in the future. Last week the Supreme Court issued a ruling nullifying the opposition-controlled congress, but reversed the rulings days later, following heavy criticism. Daily opposition protests in the streets of Caracas and several other cities erupted, as marchers called for new elections and clashed with riot police on many occasions.

Demonstrators are seen amid tear gas fired by police during an opposition rally in Caracas on April 6, 2017. # Riot police take positions during clashes with demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on April 10, 2017. Demonstrators clash with the Bolivarian National Police during a protest in Caracas on April 8, 2017. # A young woman who was overcome by tear gas shot by riot police is carried away by fellow demonstrators when opposition activists clashed with riot police in Caracas on April 10, 2017. People participate in an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 8, 2017. # Demonstrators scuffle with security forces during an opposition rally in Caracas on April 4, 2017. # A Venezuelan Bolivarian National Police officer fires tear gas towards demonstrators during a protest in Caracas on April 10, 2017. # Venezuelan opposition activists clash with police on April 6, 2017, in Caracas. # A demonstrator against Nicolas Maduro’s government throws a Molotov cocktail during clashes with riot police in eastern Caracas on April 8, 2017. Riot policemen are attacked with Molotov cocktails by demonstrators in Caracas on April 8, 2017. # A demonstrator shows empty shotgun shells during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on April 10, 2017. Demonstrators throw stones towards Bolivarian National Police officers during a protest in Caracas on April 8, 2017. # Demonstrators clash with riot police in Caracas on April 10, 2017. # Demonstrators grab a riot police officer at a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on April 10, 2017. A riot police officer fires tear gas while clashing with demonstrators in Caracas on April 8, 2017. # Demonstrators help a journalist who was injured while covering clashes between demonstrators and the Bolivarian National Guard during a protest in Caracas on April 10, 2017. A demonstrator shows an injury caused by rubber bullets fired by the police during an opposition rally in Caracas on April 6, 2017. # Demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro’s government try to climb onto a water cannon vehicle during clashes in Caracas on April 8, 2017. A demonstrator is arrested by riot police in Caracas on April 10, 2017. # A demonstrator takes part in a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on April 10, 2017. # A man walks past a burning kiosk during a protest against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on April 10, 2017.