Published On: Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014

Renewed violence erupts in Venezuela

VENEZUELA-POLITICS-OPPOSITION-PROTESTCARACAS, Venezuela -- Violence erupted again over the weekend in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Police responded with tear gas and water cannon to Molotov cocktails thrown by demonstrators.

Masked protesters burned effigies of Maduro after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy".

Some 41 people have died in the violent protests since February and hundreds have been arrested.

Many of the protesters say they will not stop until Maduro resigns.

"We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir told Reuters.

Supporters of the president have also been protesting.

In one of the capital's shanty-towns, residents burned effigies of opposition leader Henrique Capriles.

This week, Maduro marked one year in office, after replacing the late Hugo Chavez.

He said via Twitter: "I will continue to fulfill my oath with the people. No-one will deny our right to be happy, free and independent."

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