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Opposition blocks roads in Venezuelan capital


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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yokastaechia February 24 2014 at 9:21 AM

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jurmik February 24 2014 at 9:23 AM

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rrllort February 24 2014 at 9:31 AM

Maduro needs to be eliminated any way possible asap!

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jleon46 February 24 2014 at 9:51 AM

Maduro it is time for you to leave.....GOOO NOW!

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Walter February 24 2014 at 9:52 AM

Best evidence that "socialist" dictatorships don't work.

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Dick February 24 2014 at 10:14 AM

Another country that wants democracy.....then they can have better crime!!! Let's hope we keep our nose out of it!!!

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MR. JP February 24 2014 at 10:18 AM

Do not be fooled, socialism eventually turns into communism. My family and I experienced it in our own skin.

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kenmac7 February 24 2014 at 10:23 AM

Maduro - Na Na Hey Hey, Goodbye!

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yokastaechia February 24 2014 at 11:06 AM

Obama stop being blind, less party and more help to other your neighbors I was democrats but next time I will not vote for your party it's seen to,me this 2 last year the Obama stay there are is for to having fun and expending the money, fashion, etc,. Venezuela need help, S O S.

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