- Title: Rival camps arrive for day of action in Venezuela
- Date: 20th May 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS ARRIVING TO RALLY / PAN TO CROWD ON HIGHWAY
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- Keywords: Venezuelan politics Nicolas Maduro Venezuela unrest hunger Maduro oppositon Caracas
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HN72O7
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- Story Text: As Venezuela's crisis deepens, supporters and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro began arriving for a day of action on Saturday (May 20). The opponents were taking to the highways of Caracas to try to disrupt the city, as red-clad supporters of embattled Maduro convened across town for a rally.
At the pro-Maduro-rally, many supporters could be seen dancing.
Unrest and protests against Maduro's socialist government since early April have caused at least 46 deaths plus hundreds of injuries and arrests.
When a mob smashed its way into a bakery in El Valle, a working class neighbourhood of Caracas, last month, 11 people died, eight of them electrocuted and three shot.
This week, Maduro's government sent 2,000 troops to western Tachira state, where scores of businesses have been emptied.
The 54-year-old president narrowly won election in 2013 to replace the late Hugo Chavez who died from cancer.
But without his predecessor's charisma, popular touch and unprecedented oil revenues, Maduro's popularity has plunged as the economy worsened, helping the opposition win majority support in the OPEC nation of 30 million people.
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