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Venezuelans hoist pots and pans to protest President Maduro

Published on Mar 9, 2014 7:57 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - Armed with cooking pots in a potent symbol of Venezuela's chronic food shortages, several thousand people took to the streets of Caracas on Saturday in the latest rally against President Nicolas Maduro.

The protests, which fell on International Women's Day, consisted mostly of women who noisily clanged their cookware to show their discontent over a scarcity of basic goods and insecurity they say has become a part of daily life.

"There is nothing, nothing, nothing", read a placard carried by one protester fed up with stores that habitually run out of provisions as simple and crucial as toilet paper - despite the nation's vast oil wealth.

The rally was called by the country's most prominent opposition leader, two-time presidential election runner-up Henrique Capriles, who lost to Mr Maduro by a whisker in April 2013 elections.

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