- Title: Venezuela opposition protesters defiant despite sit-in blocked
- Date: 5th June 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (JUNE 05, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTERS BACK AT POLICE DEMONSTRATOR THROWING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AT POLICE PROTESTERS STANDING AMID CLOUDS OF TEAR GAS NATIONAL GUARD FORCES FIRING TEAR GAS PROTESTERS THROWING OBJECTS AT POLICE PROTESTER WALKING IN STREET WITH VENEZUELAN FLAG PROTESTERS PICKING UP AND THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER RIOT POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS TEAR GAS CANISTER LANDING AMONG PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER, SAYING: "We're all Venezuela and we're all affected by this situation. We have to unite, unity is our strength, freedom today, tomorrow and always. I fight for freedom and I fight for a better country." PROTESTERS STANDING AMID CLOUDS OF TEAR GAS POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS CANISTERS DEMONSTRATOR THROWING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AT POLICE VIEW OF PROTESTERS / POLICE PROTESTERS WALKING IN STREET VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS BANGING ON STEEL WALL VARIOUS OF DEMONSTRATION
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 20:29
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro opposition sit-in clashes protest
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K05TFR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Venezuelan security forces on Monday (June 5) continued to block opposition sit-in protests against President Nicolas Maduro in several parts of capital Caracas with National Guard troops firing tear gas to disperse knots of demonstrators.
Two Venezuelan lawmakers said they were roughed up with one pushed into a manhole by soldiers.
Protesters were seen throwing tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails at National Guard and National Police Forces in the capital.
Security forces have been quick to snuff out rallies in recent days as Maduro foes enter their third month of protests to demand general elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign humanitarian aid and autonomy for the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
The government calls the protesters violent coup-mongers, supported by the United States.
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