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Clashes erupt in Caracas amid opposition roadblocks

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 00:43

Opposition roadblocks dissolved into clashes on Monday (July 10) in Caracas, Venezuela after a dramatic weekend which saw the surprise transfer of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez from prison to house arrest. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Roadblocks built by the Venezuelan opposition dissolved into clashes on Monday (July 10) in Caracas, after a dramatic weekend which saw the surprise transfer of a prominent opposition leader from prison to house arrest. Monday's roadblocks remained peaceful for most of the day, however, as the afternoon wore on, National Guard troops fired tear gas at protesters who threw rocks and other objects. Anti-Maduro protesters have been staging near-daily demonstrations since April to demand early elections amid a devastating economic crisis that has millions struggling to eat properly. Almost 100 people have died in the unrest. Many protesters feel vindicated after Venezuela's best-known jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was granted house arrest over the weekend. The opposition is also seeking to ramp up pressure ahead of Maduro's planned vote on July 30 to elect members of a new, controversial legislative superbody with powers to rewrite the constitution.

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Clashes erupt in Caracas amid opposition roadblocks

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 00:43