‘There is no future here’ – Venezuelans stage mass sit-ins

Mass sit-ins in Venezuela, as anti-government protesters keep up the pressure for early elections.

Here in Caracas, roads were blocked, as demonstrators also demanded the release of jailed activists, and autonomy for the opposition-led congress.

But all of the action, into its fourth week, is also fueled by a crippling economic crisis.

“We are tired. Young people are leaving the country, there is no future here: We don’t want more violence, more deaths because of this regime, which is a criminal regime,” said one protester.

“We want to get out of this. And the only way for us to put an end to all this is protesting on the street”.

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes this month between security forces and protesters. More have died during night-time looting.

The socialist government of Nicolas Maduro, who was seen playing baseball at the weekend, accuses protesters of seeking a violent coup. The opposition say he is a dictator, repressing peaceful protest.

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