Feb. 22 - Unrest continues in Venezuela as the death toll in ten days of violence rises to eight. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The streets of Caracas fill with both supporters and opponents of the Venezuelan government.
At least eight people have been killed in ten days of unrest.
As demonstrators show support for President Nicolas Madura, he is facing the worst turmoil since narrowly winning election last April. He tells the crowd two supporters have been arrested for firing weapons.
4. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO SAYING:
"They have been arrested. They are in the hands of the authorities and that's how it should be. Nobody is allowed to shoot at anyone else."
The opposition is not going quietly.
Venezuelan opposition leader Henrqiue Capriles rallies the crowd.
He pledges to do what he can to help free jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Lopez's wife delivers a message from her husband
10. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) WIFE OF JAILED OPPOSITION LEADER, LILIAN TINTORI, SAYING:
"Leopoldo sends you a very firm message, a message that I transmit to you every day. He is with you, he is with each and every one of you and he is grateful for all of you who wore white in Venezuela and throughout the world."
As dusk falls clashes erupt on the street.
Maduro says the protests are a pretext for a planned coup. However, there are no indications that the military, which was the decisive factor in an attempted coup 12 years ago, would turn on him now.