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Venezuela faces violent protests almost a year after death of Chavez

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Venezuela faces violent protests almost a year after death of Chavez

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Venezuela has once again been gripped by violent clashes.

Thousands have taken to the country’s capital Caracas, calling for the ousting of President Nicolas Madura.

This is only the latest in a wave of demonstrations in which 17 people have been killed, amidst scenes of running street battles.

Economic woes are behind much of the angst, as well as anger at the handling of the anti-government demonstrations.

The protests come almost a year to the day since the death of former leader Hugo Chavez.

Maduro was handpicked by Chavez to succeed him.

The country’s current president accuses the protesters of trying to incite revolution.