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Women march in Venezuela as unrest continues

The women said they were standing up against political oppression and violence, as weeks of unrest in the country continues.

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Thousands of Venezuelan women opposed to the embattled President Nicolas Maduro have marched in Caracas.

The women said they were standing up against political oppression and violence, as weeks of unrest in the country continues.

National guardsmen have repeatedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets in more than a month of anti-government protests.

Pro-government women’s groups were planning a counter-demonstration.

Protester Soraya Sanchez said: “We want elections so we can get him out through our vote.

“He doesn’t want to, he knows he is losing. He has an 85% unpopularity rating something former President Hugo Chavez never had.

“I am not a Chavista I am a member of the opposition, but you must acknowledge things.

“I say to him that the time has come, your time is up.”

Supporters of Venezuela’s jailed opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez held a late-night vigil in Caracas.

Widespread protesting in the South American country has led to deaths of at least 37 people.