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February 28, 2014

Protests in Venezuela

Protests continue more than three weeks after student-run demonstrations in Venezuela sparked deep tensions and violence. Anti and pro-government demonstrations are expanding across the divided country as they head into the holiday week marking the anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death. --Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

A demonstrator throws stones at riot policemen during an anti-government protest in eastern Caracas on Feb. 27. Dueling demos of pro- and anti-government protesters have been taking to the streets since February 4 in a sign of the deep polarization of this oil-rich but economically and social troubled country, where three weeks of demonstrations have left 14 people dead, posing the greatest challenge yet to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's 11-month-old government. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousand of anti-government students lie on the ground during a protest in front of the Venezuelan Judiciary building in Caracas on Feb. 15. Opposition and pro-government demonstrators were gathered in different places of Caracas and other Venezuelan localities in the fourth consecutive day of protests that have already left three dead. (LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images) #

People hold up candles as they shout slogans during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro outside the Venezuelan embassy in Lima, Feb. 18. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters) #

A woman affected by tear gas, is helped by a fellow demonstrator after an opposition protest march ended in clashes with the Bolivarian National Guard, in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 16. Venezuelan security forces backed by water tanks, tear gas and rubber bullets dispersed groups of anti-government demonstrators who tried to block Caracas' main highway. (Alejandro Cegarra/Associated Press) #

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attend a rally in Caracas, on Feb. 18. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez gets into a National Guard armored vehicle in Caracas Feb. 18. Lopez, wanted on charges of fomenting deadly violence, handed himself over to security forces. Lopez, a 42-year-old U.S.-educated economist who has spearheaded a recent wave of protests in Venezuela, got into an armored vehicle after giving a speech to an opposition rally in Caracas. (Jorge Silva/Reuters) #

A motorcyclist carries Venezuelan model Genensis Carmona, injured during an anti-government protest in Valencia on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old model died on February 19, 2014 after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in the protest march. (Mauricio Centeno/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman looks out on an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas on Feb, 18 where Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez turned himself in to authorities. (Elyxandro Cegarra/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of a pro-government "colectivo," or "collective," march in downtown Caracas, Venezuela on Feb. 20, 2014. President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters say the escalating protests against his socialist government in the oil-rich but economically struggling country are part of an attempted coup sponsored by right-wing and "fascist" opponents in Venezuela and abroad, particularly the United States. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

A masked demonstrator looks in the direction of the Bolivarian National Police (BNP) from a barricade set up by protesters in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19. The opposition is protesting the detention of their leader Leopoldo Lopez, as well as rampant crime, shortages of consumer goods and an inflation rate of more than 50 percent. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Women embrace as they sit in front of a line of National Bolivarian Guard outside the Palace of Justice court in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Supporters of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez are hit by police's water canon during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Feb. 19. Tensions have risen in Venezuela since Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, surrendered to troops after spearheading three weeks of often rowdy demonstrations against President Maduro's government. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters) #

Protesters stand atop a container at a roadblock at a street of San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on Feb. 21. At least 25 people were injured in clashes with security forces that were some of the most serious to date. Venezuela's president on Sunday called for crisis talks in an attempt to defuse weeks of often deadly anti-government protests that have brought the biggest challenge yet to his regime. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man carries a woman affected by tear gas launched by riot police at anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 22. After their opposition rally broke up in the late afternoon, in a pattern that has been seen in past demonstrations about 1,000 stragglers erected barricades of trash and other debris and threw rocks and bottles at police and National Guardsmen. The troops responded with volleys of tear gas to prevent the students from reaching a highway and blocking traffic. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Demonstrators take part in an anti-government protest in Caracas on Feb. 22. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in marches for and against President Nicolas Maduro's government, as the nation's massive divide became ever more evident. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-government students throw tear gas bombs back to riot policemen during a protest, in Caracas on Feb. 22. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images) #

Members of the National Police confront demonstrators during a protest, in Caracas on Feb. 22. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas in marches for and against President Nicolas Maduro's government. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images) #

Anti-government demonstrators run from tear gas during clashes with riot police at Altamira Square in Caracas Feb. 24. Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela's worst unrest for a decade. (Carlos Garcia Rawllins/Reuters) #

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro cheers during a motorcycle rally organized in support of the government in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 24. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

Retired Venezuelan Army Gen. Angel Vivas, armed and wearing a flak jacket, walks on his property in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 23. President Nicolas Maduro ordered the arrest and investigation of the retired general for his statements on YouTube and Twitter. (Juan Manuel Hernandez/Associated Press) #

Anti-government demonstrators protest in eastern Caracas on Feb. 27. Dueling demos of pro- and anti-government protesters have been taking to the streets since February 4 in a sign of the deep polarization of this oil-rich but economically and social troubled country. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images) #

Relatives of Jimmy Vargas, a student who died during a recent protest, weep beside his coffin during his funeral in San Cristobal, 660 km from Caracas, Feb 26. Five intelligence agents have been ordered arrested for suspected ties to killings during protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. (Diego Rangel/AFP/Getty Images) #

Flowers with images of slain students Geraldine Moreno, bottom, and Roberto Redman, top, lay at the feet Bolivarian National Guard officers outside their headquarters where a women's march arrived to protest repression against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 26. Moreno was near her home in Valencia watching students defend a barricade at the corner of her street when national guardsmen rushed in and fired rubber bullets at close range, hitting her in the face. She died from brain injuries. (Fernando Llano/Associated Press) #

A woman chants pro-government slogans and holds a heart-framed photograph of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez at a rally attended by elderly people in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 23, 2014. The march for peace was organized by the government and ended at Miraflores presidential palace where the marchers met with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #

A woman passes by a barricade set ablaze blocking a street during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on Feb. 24. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) #

People protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on Feb. 21. The death toll from escalating anti-government protests in Venezuela jumped to eight as President Nicolas Maduro's leftist administration threatened to cut off fuel to areas "under fascist siege." (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) #

Beneficiaries of Venezuelan cooperation programs in El Salvador show their support to the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro during a demo in San Salvador, El Salvador on Feb. 26. Maduro convened talks with a cross-section of Venezuelan society in an attempt to end three weeks of deadly anti-government protests in the deeply divided country. (Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty Images) #

People line up to buy food at a supermarket in San Cristobal, about 410 miles (660 km) southwest of Caracas, Feb. 27. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis called for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest in a decade. (Carlos Garcia/Reuters) #

A demonstrator holds a placard as another takes a picture of the national guards during a protest near the Cuba's Embassy in Caracas Feb. 25. Anti-government demonstrators put up barricades and set fire to trash in Caracas on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests that have led to 13 deaths in Venezuela's worst unrest for a decade. (Jorge Silva/Reuters) #

Demonstrators clash with members of Venezuelan National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) during a protest against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 27. (Miguel Gutierrez/EPA) #

A demonstrator sits in a chair facing members Venezuelan National Bolivarian Guard (GNB) standing across the street during a protest against president Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 27. (Miguel Gutierrez/EPA) #

A demonstrator attends a rally with human rights activists in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 28. The start of a weeklong string of holidays leading up to the March 5 anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death has not completely pulled demonstrators from the streets as the government apparently hoped. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) #
 
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