Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Protesters filled the streets of Venezuela?s capital Caracas on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a fourth person, a 17 year old student protester, died from the political unrest there over the past
Ahead of the planned marches by supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, security forces armed with riot gear and water cannons lined roads, prepared for what some have predicted will be "historic" demonstrations.The protests have gained momentum among the student population since the start of February and represent the biggest challenge to Maduro, who was elected following the death of his mentor, the socialist icon Hugo Chavez.
Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, 42, has for two weeks helped organize sporadic demonstrations around the country to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control
inflation, crime and product shortages. On Tuesday, after the marches began, he peacefully
turned himself into authorities on charges of inciting violence last week.Tens of thousands of
protesters flooded the streets of Caracas after his arrest.
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