- Title: Venezuelans hold mass candlelight rally against Maduro
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: PROTESTERS WITH CANDLES LISTENING ON AT RALLY BRACELET WITH CROSS AROUND CUP WITH CANDLE BURNING INSIDE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, PAULINA BATISTA, SAYING: "That is why we are all here out on the street because we want this, we want opportunity, we want a future, we want to live in a country where it does not matter if you are Chavista or with the opposition. Where it is understood that we are all family and to end with the deaths, stop with repression." CANDLE LAMP BEING RELEASED INTO THE NIGHT SKY BY PROTESTERS PROTESTER RELEASING CANDLE LAMP INTO THE NIGHT SKY WITH CROWD OF PROTESTERS CARRYING CANDLES STANDING BEHIND CANDLE LAMPS BEING RELEASED INTO NIGHT SKY AS PROTESTERS CHANTING FOR LIBERTY GENERAL VIEW OF CANDLE LAMP BEING RELEASED INTO NIGHT SKY AMONGST CROWD OF PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MARIBEL LEGISAMON, SAYING: "For the fallen, for the thousands of families who are down because of crime, impunity and from the hands of this regime which does not provide peace to youth." PROTESTERS HOLDING UP CANDLES AMIDST CHANTS IN THE BACKGROUND CANDLES BEING HELD UP IN THE AIR AS CROWD CHANTS FOR LIBERTY PROTESTERS WITH CANDLES GATHERED CANDLES HELD BY PROTESTERS AS CROWD SINGS HALLELUJAH CROWD GATHERED WITH CANDLES TO LISTEN TO SPEAKER ADDRESS PROTESTERS FLAME BURNING GENERAL VIEW OF THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS WITH CANDLES GATHERED
- Embargoed: 1st June 2017 02:41
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro rally candlelight Venezuela
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0036HD5SG7
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- Story Text: Thousands of Venezuelans gathered in Caracas on Wednesday (May 17) night for a candlelight rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro after the death toll from unrest in the OPEC nation topped 40.
Following six weeks of anti-government protests that have seen citizens face off with heavily armed police, the candlelight protest was a sombre occasion to remember those killed and to pressure the government to call elections.
President Nicolas Maduro has accused his critics in Venezuela of seeking a coup against his government with the support of foreign backers.
Opponents of Maduro blame heavy-handed tactics for the spate of killings in opposition protests throughout the country.
The candlelight rally comes after the Venezuelan government announced thousands of military officials and hundreds of special operative troops will move into the state of Tachira, a restive region of the country that has been wracked by violence during protests denouncing Maduro.
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