March 7 - Clashes continue in Venezuela as anti-government protesters battle with police in Caracas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes broke out yet again on Friday (March 7) in the Venezuela capital as anti-government protesters faced off with police. Unrest in Venezuela has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation. A Reuters cameraman was injured in the clashes on Friday after being hit in the hand with a tear gas canister that was fired at protesters by the police. A year after Hugo Chavez succumbed to cancer, his self-proclaimed "son," President Nicolas Maduro, faces the biggest challenge to his rule from an explosion of anti-government demonstrations that have led to 20 deaths since February. Though the protests do not appear likely to topple Maduro, neither do they seem to be going away. A hard core of students are determined to maintain street barricades and militant opposition leaders organize daily rallies around Venezuela. The unrest has been the worst in Venezuela in a decade, but does not show any signs of forcing Maduro from office, nor of affecting the country's crucial oil exports.