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Venezuelan protesters on streets again

Venezuelan protesters on streets againProtests across Venezuela were organized on Wednesday to demand a referendum over impeachment, a week after a huge opposition demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro.

This time the number of participants was far smaller than on a big opposition rally last Thursday.

The opposition's new round of rallies, outside heavily-guarded national election board offices in provincial cities, drew just hundreds of supporters at each.

In most cities rival government demonstrations also took place.

The number of participants was limited partially because of rain, but mostly because of people's need to stand in line to buy basic food and medicine.

In Coro city, near the Caribbean coast, Maduro opponents and supporters briefly clashed, with bottles and stones thrown, witnesses said. National Guard troops quelled the crowd with teargas.

Also this month the government has already arrested dozens of opposition activists, accusing them of planning a coup.
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