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Protesters in fresh clashes with Venezuelan police

Published on Mar 4, 2014 10:07 AM
Police fire teargas at anti-government protesters during clashes at Altamira square in Caracas on March 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - Dozens of hardcore protesters in Caracas threw rocks and lobbed firebombs at riot police who retaliated with tear gas on Monday, after Venezuela's opposition upped the ante on President Nicolas Maduro.

At least three people were detained in the clashes in a middle-class district of the capital, on the eve of the one-month anniversary since the start of nationwide protests, said the director of the non-governmental Venezuelan Penal Forum Alfredo Romero.

At least 18 people have died and more than 260 have been injured in escalating demonstrations that started on Feb 4, the government says.

Earlier in the day, Venezuela's opposition called for new protests against Mr Maduro amid a week of holidays and commemorations of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death.

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