At least two people have been killed as anti-government protests continue to rock Venezuela.
For nearly a month, demonstrators demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro have been staging rallies and setting up barricades in the capital Caracas.
The subsequent clashes with security forces and government supporters are now thought to have claimed at least 20 lives.
In a televised statement, President Maduro repeated his call for peace but he also suggested that he is not going to tolerate any insurgency movement: “A candle that is lit on fire is a candle that must be extinguished. That’s how it should be,” he added.
There seems little chance the current unrest will topple Maduro’s government. However demonstrators have increasingly defied opposition leaders’ calls to end the violence.