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Demonstrators shout slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a protest in Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Opponents of Maduro protested on the streets of the capital as part of a protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Pro-gov't forces responded to Venezuelan protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets


The ongoing conflict in Venezuela showed no sign of letting up anytime soon after pro-government forces had responded to thousands of protesters pouring into the streets of Caracas with tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The explosive demonstrations arrived in the capital and surrounding areas just one day after President Nicolas Maduro's government had barred top opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years. 

Pro-gov't forces responded to Venezuelan protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets

WATCH | A prominent Venezuelan opposition leader has been banned from office. 

The Supreme Court decision to rid the opposition-controlled legislature of its last remnants of power triggered the protests.

"Nobody can disqualify the Venezuelan people," an emotional Capriles said from a stage Saturday as he called on protesters to march to the Ombudsman's office downtown.

A sea of protesters were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. Mayhem ensued, with riot police racing down windy streets, dodging objects thrown from tall apartment buildings as they deployed to squash the unrest.

At least 17 people were injured, according to Ramon Muchacho, a Caracas-area mayor.

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