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Amid protests, Venezuela to remember late Hugo Chavez

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 01:21

Mar.5 - Venezuelan protests break out on the eve of the death of the socialist country's former leader Hugo Chavez. Sarah Toms reports.

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Thousands of protesters in Venezuela march through the streets of Caracas, demonstrating against the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. Wearing mostly white, they shouted: "We don't want a dictatorship like Cuba". These protesters are also demanding the release of dozens of activists detained since demonstrations began a month ago. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MARIA GABRIELA PEREZ, SAYING: "We need to continue in the street, we need to oust this government already. For example, I don't have children but I want them. I don't want them to have a country with a dictatorial and repressive government for the world." Groups of activists again clashed with the national guard. This kind of violence is not uncommon...at least 17 people have been killed since the unrest began. Tension is high ahead of planned events to mark the first anniversary of the death of President Hugo Chavez, who led the country for 14 years. But anti-government demonstrators vow to return to the streets later on Wednesday. The opposition blames many of Venezuela's problems -- high inflation, rampant crime, and shortages of basic foods -- on the socialist policies of the past 15 years.

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Amid protests, Venezuela to remember late Hugo Chavez

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - 01:21

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