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By Euronews  with Reuters
Venezuela rallies reignited

<p>In the throes of a social and economic crisis, Venezuela has once again seen nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist government.</p> <p>Dozens of activists clashed with security forces, who were blocking one march in Caracas.</p> <p>The latest wave of rallies followed the Supreme Court’s widely-condemned move to take over the opposition-led congress. The pro-Maduro body later revoked its decision, but demonstrations have continued.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center.." data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Venezuela?src=hash">#Venezuela</a>: tens of thousands of Venezuelans have gathered in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Caracas?src=hash">#Caracas</a> to march against the regime and the supreme court <a href="https://t.co/sT9N2yWp21">pic.twitter.com/sT9N2yWp21</a></p>— Thomas van Linge (@arabthomness) <a href="https://twitter.com/arabthomness/status/850053218176520193">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Protesters labelled the Court’s initial decision a lurch towards dictatorship. </p> <p>Thousands blocked a main road in the capital and vowed to march to the office of the state ombudsman, the administration’s principal human rights advocate.</p> <p>The embattled president does still have some support. A counter-rally in the capital attracted crowds to the streets.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chavistas march peacefully asking for respect and sovereignty for Venezuela <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/6Abril?src=hash">#6Abril</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Caracas?src=hash">#Caracas</a> <a href="https://t.co/xQizpAnKIW">pic.twitter.com/xQizpAnKIW</a></p>— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/telesurenglish/status/850060696264036352">April 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Maduro’s government claims a US-backed business elite is responsible for the economic downturn, and subsequent triple-digit inflation and shortages of basic food and medical supplies.</p> <p>It claims business leaders are trying to instigate a coup, which would result in right-wing rule.</p>