Opposition blocks roads in Venezuelan capital

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Opposition blocks roads in Venezuelan capital
Women attend a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on February 23, 2014. A total of 25 people were injured overnight during clashed between opposition groups and police in eastern Caracas. On Saturday the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man attends a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on February 23, 2014. A total of 25 people were injured overnight during clashed between opposition groups and police in eastern Caracas. On Saturday the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator remains with his face covered by a blocked road to protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on February 23, 2014. On Saturday the lasgest opposition rally took place in Caracas after almost three weeks of students protests, which left at least ten people killed. Protests started in San Cristobal on February 4 and spread to the rest of the country. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a flag in front of his poster during the 'March of Seniors' in Caracas on February 23, 2014. Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators, most of them seniors, marched Sunday in downtown Caracas in support of Maduro. On Saturday, the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator remains with his face covered and a metal sheet by a blocked road to protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela, on February 23, 2014. On Saturday the lasgest opposition rally took place in Caracas after almost three weeks of students protests, which left at least ten people killed. Protests started in San Cristobal on February 4 and spread to the rest of the country. AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Youngsters attend a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on February 23, 2014. A total of 25 people were injured overnight during clashed between opposition groups and police in eastern Caracas. On Saturday the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro wears a pin with the portrait of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during the 'March of Seniors' in Caracas on February 23, 2014. Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators, most of them seniors, marched Sunday in downtown Caracas in support of Maduro. On Saturday, the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
CARACAS, VENEZUELA - FEBRUARY 22 : Thousands of people march during an anti-government demonstration in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, on February 22, 2014. (Photo by Cristian Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CARACAS, VENEZUELA - FEBRUARY 22 : Opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski (R) and Lilian Tintori (L), wife of arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez attends an anti-government demonstration in the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, on February 22, 2014. (Photo by Cristian Hernandez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in the 'March of Seniors' in Caracas on February 23, 2014. Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators, most of them seniors, marched Sunday in downtown Caracas in support of Maduro. On Saturday, the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A supporter of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with his beard reading 'Peace', takes part in the 'March of Seniors' in Caracas on February 23, 2014. Hundreds of pro-government demonstrators, most of them seniors, marched Sunday in downtown Caracas in support of Maduro. On Saturday, the lasgest opposition rally had taken place after almost three weeks of students protests, which left ten people killed. AFP PHOTO/ Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Traffic has come to a halt in parts of the Venezuelan capital because of barricades set up by opposition protesters across major thoroughfares.

The protests are part of a wave of anti-government demonstrations that have swept Venezuela since Feb. 12 and have resulted in at least 10 deaths. The protests in the capital Monday were peaceful. Police and National Guard troops stood by but did not act to remove the barricades despite the effect on the morning commute.

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro blame his government for the country's high crime rate and economic troubles They say his socialist-inspired polices have led to shortages of basic goods and high inflation despite Venezuela's oil wealth.

Maduro has called for a national peace conference this week to address the unrest.

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