Protesters Wade Across Caracas River to Evade Tear Gas

Protesters waded across the El Guaire river in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 19 to attempt to evade tear gas and police while others huddled under a highway overpass, according to people on the ground.

Opposition leaders planned marches across Venezuela on Wednesday to protest against President Nicholas Maduro and his administration, who opposition leaders say are engaging in a coup and evading new elections. Opposition leaders and activists said that the police and national guard have been engaging in violent and repressive protest-suppression tactics, leading to the deaths of several people. News reports and activists reported two deaths during the large-scale demonstrations in Caracas.

Maduro has maintained a hard line against the opposition, saying that they are “assailants” and calling for his supporters to take to the streets in counter-protest.

Economic trouble in Venezuela brought a severe shortage of food and medicine to local populations, sparking widespread protesting across the country. Credit: Henrique Capriles R. via Storyful