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Anti-government protests return to Venezuela's streets

Published on Apr 27, 2014 9:46 AM
Anti-government protesters march against education reforms in Caracas on April 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (AFP) - Several thousand people took to the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities on Saturday to protest education reform plans and restrictions on the right to demonstrate.

The marches are the latest in a spate of at times violent anti-government unrest that erupted in February and has claimed at least 41 lives.

By the end of the day, some 23 people, including eight minors, had been detained by police for putting up roadblocks in eastern and southeastern Caracas, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres told state television.

Authorities also used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

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