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2 killed amid massive anti-government marches in Venezuela

2 killed amid massive anti-government marches in Venezuela

The opposition coalition Democratic Unity Table (MUD), has denounced what it believes is police repression and Attorney General Luis Ortega Diaz have called on the government to respect the right of protest.

Opposition demonstrators clash with riot police during the so called "mother of all marches" against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2017.

Maduro didn't provide evidence to back his claim that a coup attempt was under way, and the opposition rejected his comments as a desperate attempt to intimidate Venezuelans from exercising their constitutional right to protest. Dozens even had to slide down a concrete embankment and into the Guaire River to escape the noxious fumes. Clashes were reported across the country during the most sustained protests since 2014. They are armed government supporters who are frequently accused of involvement in confrontations during protests.

At least five deaths have been blamed on the strong-armed response to protests that were triggered by the government-stacked Supreme Court's decision three weeks ago to strip the opposition-controlled congress of its last remaining powers.

Henrique Capriles, one of the leaders of the Venezuelan opposition, announced on Wednesday that major anti-government protests were also planned for Thursday.

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The opposition counters that Maduro, deeply unpopular as Venezuelans grapple with triple-digit inflation and shortages of food and basic consumer goods, is seeking to stay in power indefinitely by barring opposition leaders from office and quashing independent state institutions.

Opponents are pushing for Maduro's removal through early elections and the release of scores of political prisoners.

A short block away, a sea of red-shirted government supporters marched by calmly, some dancing to a salsa band that tried to provide an air of normalcy to the otherwise tense political standoff that has paralyzed Venezuela the past few weeks.

But the government has shown little interest in backing down.

Maduro, addressing supporters at a much smaller but still large countermarch of mostly state workers, said he was "anxious" to see elections take place sometime "soon" and repeated his call for dialogue, something many in the opposition see as a stalling tactic.

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"Today the people stood by Maduro!" the president said, blasting his rivals as "anti-Christs".

As tensions have mounted, the government has used its almost-complete control of Venezuela's institutions to pursue its opponents. Activists say more than 400 people were arrested during protests on Wednesday.

Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric and repressive stance of the government.

The opposition charges that this is because the Socialist Party would be likely to fare poorly in such a vote.Eleven Latin American countries issued a joint statement this week calling on authorities to set a time frame for elections to "allow for a quick solution to the crisis that Venezuela is living through."Demonstrators also gathered on Wednesday in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz, home to Venezuela's struggling state-run mining companies, and in the border city of San Cristobal and the oil city of Maracaibo".

Opposition marchers included Liliana Machuca, who earns about $20 a month holding two jobs teaching literature. Analysts say there is less likelihood of a putsch against Maduro because Chavez launched a broad purge of the armed forces following his brief ouster.Socialist Party officials dismiss the opposition marches as efforts to destabilize the government, pointing to barricades of burning trash mounted by protesters and vandalism of public property.

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"This is like a chess game and each side is moving whatever pieces they can", said Machuca, her face covered in a white, sticky substance to protect herself from the effects of tear gas.