Protesters cheer on the clashes from a highway overpass in Caracas.

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Protesters cheer on the clashes from a highway overpass in Caracas.

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On the Ground at Venezuela’s Massive Anti-Government Protests

Protesters thronged the main avenues of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities, braving bullets, tear gas, and militant supporters of President Nicolás Maduro in the biggest show of opposition to his rule in months.

Early arriving Chavistas wait for the rally in Caracas’s city center on April 19, 2017. On Wednesday morning, thousands of demonstrators on both sides of Venezuela’s extremely polarized political spectrum took to the streets all over the country.

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Protesters clash with security forces in Caracas.

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Demonstrators (left) take cover from heavy bombardment of tear gas.

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A protester lights a Molotov cocktail during the rally.

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Stones are passed up from the banks of the Guaire River to throw at security forces.

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Security forces bombard protesters with tear gas.

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A woman holds her face amid the threat of tear gas. In El Paraiso (right), a working-class neighborhood in the west of Caracas and another hot spot for protests, people watch through a gate during clashes with the National Guard.

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Blood marks the pavement moments after 17-year-old Carlos Moreno, a young man whose family said he’d just left the house on his way to play soccer and was passing through an opposition rally, was shot in the head by what was reportedly a group of armed pro-government civilians called “collectives.”

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An injured protester is treated by volunteer medics.

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Rallies in the neighborhood of Altamira carry on into the evening.

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Heavy exchanges of tear gas, rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails, and stones.

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