March 10 - Fresh protests and clashes in Venezuela as death toll rises to at least 21 in the country's worst unrest in a decade. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Hooded anti-government protesters clashed with police on Monday in a wealthy area of Caracas as the death rose to at least 21 in the country's worst unrest for a decade.
Venezuelan opposition sympathizers have been holding rowdy street protests for nearly a month to demand President Nicolas Maduro's resignation. They accuse his government of using excessive force against demonstrators in protests that have killed at least 21 people.
One of those killed was Chilean national Giselle Rubilar, 47, who died on Sunday (March 09) after being shot during protests in the city of Merida. Chile has called on the Venezuelan government to investigate the incident.
A year after Hugo Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed "son," President Maduro, faces the biggest challenge to his rule from an explosion of protests that have led to at least 20 deaths since February.
But Maduro says the demonstrations are part of a Washington-backed plot to overthrow his government.
The unrest has been the worst in Venezuela in a decade, but does not show any signs of forcing Maduro from office, nor of affecting the country's crucial oil exports.
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