‘Dictator Maduro!’: thousands of Venezuelans protest ban of opposition leader Reuters – Last modified on Saturday 8 April 2017 22.01 EDT`


Violent demonstrations come one day after Nicolás Maduro’s government barred Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years`

Protester in Caracas

Venezuela has seen near-daily protests against President Nicolas Maduro and his administration. Photograph: Cristian Hernandez/EPA

Police in Venezuela have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at some of the thousands of protesters who poured into the streets of Caracas on Saturday amid a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam.`

Thousands of people, some carrying signs reading “Dictator Maduro!” and “Elections now!” in support of banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles, took part in marches across the country against unpopular leftist president Nicolás Maduro.

The demonstrations in the capital and several other cities came a day after Maduro’s government barred Capriles from running for office for 15 years.

The ban capped a tumultuous 10 day-crackdown that saw pro-government groups attack several opposition leaders.

The protests were triggered by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power, a move that was later reversed amid widespread international condemnation and even dissent within Maduro’s normally disciplined socialist leadership.

“Nobody can disqualify the Venezuelan people,” an emotional Capriles said from a stage Saturday as he called on protesters to march to the ombudsman’s office downtown.

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