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Venezuela seized GM's plant amid protests targeting Nicolas Maduro's government

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The "mother of all marches" in Venezuela led to two people being shot and killed by police and pro-government militias on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets to oppose the regime of President Nicolas Maduro after the nation's Supreme Court stripped power from the opposition-controlled congress. That move was later undone, but citizens' anger did not subside.

Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The death toll for the protests is now at seven.

Venezuela seized GM's plant amid protests targeting Nicolas Maduro's government

WATCH | Here's a look at the chaotic scene of the protests.

[GM] strongly rejects the arbitrary measures taken by the authorities and will vigorously take all legal actions ... to defend its rights.
GM statement

General Motors said it would shut down operations in Venezuela after its plant was seized by the government, CNN Money reports. The company said the government took cars and other assets. It has operated in Venezuela for nearly 70 years, employing almost 2,700 workers. 

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A police officer fires tear gas against anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A police officer aims his weapon during anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A demonstrator throws stones during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Human rights activists protest against the current situation in Venezuela outside the World Court, United Nations' highest judicial organ in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans Wednesday to take to the streets for what they’ve dubbed the “mother of all marches” against the embattled socialist leader.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Human rights activists protest against the current situation in Venezuela outside the World Court, United Nations' highest judicial organ, rear, in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans Wednesday to take to the streets for what they’ve dubbed the “mother of all marches” against the embattled socialist leader.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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A youth aims his sling during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A government supporter waves a national flag during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets on Wednesday for what they dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist leader. Government supporters are holding their own counter demonstration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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An anti-government protester wears a mask during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Demonstrators run from tear gas and charging police officers during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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A demonstrator returns a canister of tear gas towards security forces during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A demonstrator returns a canister of tear gas towards security forces during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Anti-government protesters march with a banner that reads in Spanish "Freedom without fear" along a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Anti-government protesters march along a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Demonstrators take cover with a piece of corrugated tin roofing during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Anti-government protesters launch stones with a sling during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled socialist president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A police officer guides an armored vehicle during clashes with anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A demonstrator covers her face with a Venezuelan flag as she stands at a barricade during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Here's another look at the protest.

This was supposed to be a happy moment but instead I came home to see my brother die.
Melvin Sojo, spokesman for family of Carlos Romero

Protest organizers have called for another day of protests to follow up the march. In addition to the political battle, Venezuela has been wracked by food shortages, crime and massive inflation after an economic recession. Maduro has insisted that an attempted coup is underway in attempts to justify the use of the military and arming civilian militias.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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