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From left, lawmaker Miguel Pizarro, lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares, Miranda state Governor and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lilian Tintori, and lawmaker Juan Requesens lock arms during a silent protest in homage to the at least 20 people killed in unrest generated after the nation's Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers, a decision it later reversed, as they march to the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Saturday's protest is the latest mass gathering in a wave of tumult that has rocked the nation over the last three weeks as demonstrators continue to press for new elections. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Noticeable silence descended upon Venezuela. Many donned white in honor of those killed.


UPDATE April 22 6:51 p.m. EST:

Venezuela was noticeably quiet after nearly three tumultuous weeks of violent protests. On Saturday, thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white and marched throughout the capital to memorialize the 20 people killed in anti-government unrest. 

Opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara likened the protesters' arrival in the city's more humble neighborhoods as "crossing the Berlin wall."

Noticeable silence descended upon Venezuela. Many donned white in honor of those killed.

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Once assembled outside the headquarters of the Roman Catholic bishops' confederation, religious leaders led a moment of silence and asked God for strength. 

Following, a string of leaders passed along a megaphone to demand for immediate elections and freedom for the dozens of opposition leaders who had been jailed.

"Let it be heard: The dictatorship is in its final days," said Maria Corina Machado, who was stripped of her seat in congress in 2014. The crowd responded with shouts of "Freedom! Freedom!"

ORIGINAL STORY: Massive overnight protests in Venezuela have left at least a dozen people dead, the New York Times Reported. National Guardsman responded to instances of looting and other clashes with electrocution and firearms. 

The ongoing strife between protesters and government officials is a response to President Maduro's growing power, which has left many Venezuelans without adequate food, water and medicine. 

WATCH | Protesters in Venezuela hit the streets to challenge Maduro's government.

Lian-Ming Mora, a resident of nearby neighborhood El Valle, described watching the protests from the window of her high-rise apartment. She said the crowd ultimately destroyed a large supermarket, a liquor store as well as other businesses.

“They wanted to loot the bakery, too,” Mora said, but people shouted, “No, not the bakery, no!” apparently sparing one of the few places that could still supply the neighborhood with bread.

At one point during the night, clashes began so intense that a nearby children's hospital was evacuated after a ward filled up with tear gas. The government claimed it was responding to an attack on the hospital by opposition protesters.

The conflict in Venezuela has been going on for months, but anger was recently fueled after Maduro dissolved the elected legislature, which was primarily composed of his opponents. 

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