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Venezuelan students protest new bid to limit demonstrations

Published on Apr 29, 2014 7:06 AM

CARACAS (AFP) - About 100 Venezuelan students chained themselves on Monday to the front gate of a UN agency's Caracas office, calling for an end to a new high court ruling requiring government approval for protests.

Shouting defiantly "so where is the damn law that bars us from demonstrating?" and waving signs that said "we are fighting for everyone's future", the students rallied in the city's Chacao subdivision, as nearly three months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government roll on.

Forty-one people have been killed and more than 700 injured in anti-government unrest as angry students and others denounce rampant crime, inflation, widespread shortages of basic goods and other economic woes.

The demonstrations have died down recently but continue sporadically in pockets of eastern Caracas, which tends to be well-off and anti-Maduro.

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