Clashes erupt between protesters and police in Venezuela

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 20, 2017.
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, April 20, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS
Deputy of the opposition party Justice First (Primero Justicia) Jose Olivares (centre) reacts after he was affected by tear gas.
Deputy of the opposition party Justice First (Primero Justicia) Jose Olivares (centre) reacts after he was affected by tear gas.PHOTO: REUTERS
Demonstrators block a street during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.
Demonstrators block a street during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.
Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on April 20, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

CARACAS (AFP) - Riot police and anti-government protesters clashed with exchanges of tear gas and rocks in Venezuela's capital on Thursday (April 20) during a big demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro, AFP journalists witnessed.

The police, backed by an armoured truck, sought to force back the thousands of demonstrators who had reached a vital freeway in Caracas.

The officers were targeted by a masked group of protesters hurling stones.