Several thousand students and anti-government protesters took to the streets in Caracas on Tuesday in continued demonstrations at the economic situation and high levels of violence in Venezuela.
Eighteen people have died in violent clashes since the marches began a month ago.
One activist said: “We lack food. We need to queue to get basic food. Mothers suffer a lot to find milk to their children. We lack medicine, there’s no medicine for chronic diseases.”
Another complained: “All they, (the government), do is to restrain the media and close the television stations that show the reality. Even those who support this government have already noticed that what we’re living is not what they show.”
Meanwhile the country is preparing for national commemorations for former leader Hugo Chavez who died a year ago from cancer.
Leaders from across Latin America are expected to attend a ceremony in Caracas on Wednesday.