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Day 50 of Venezuelan protests

People march against President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State - AFP

People march against President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Tachira State - AFP

21/05/2017 17:45

(Vatican Radio) Day 50 of the protests against the Venezuelan Government was marked by more huge demonstrations and violence.  

Listen to James Blears report:

More than 150,000 people protesting in Venezuela's Capitol Caracas, led by former Presidential Candidate and opposition leader Henrique Capriles.  Before it all started, he said: "The more the repression, the more we resist and fight for Venezuela."  After his passport was seized by officials who  barred  from leaving the country, to deliver a report to the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights, one of Capriles' lawyers has fulfilled the commitment.

The demonstrators tried to reach the Ministry of Interior building, but were held back by riot police firing umpteen rounds of tear gas. On the other side of town a small pro government protesters danced and cheered President Nicolas Maduro, who reportedly wasn't able to receive them. 

An estimated 50,000 protested in the city of San Cristobal. 2,600 government troops were sent there earlier this week to try and prevent night time looting.  The crisis in Venezuela deepens. 

21/05/2017 17:45