Venezuelan security forces in riot gear clashed with anti-government protesters Saturday as the protest movement against President Nicolas Maduro gains fervor. Conway G. Gittens reports.
Violence breaking out in the streets of Caracas, Venuezuela as anti-government demonstrators clash with police Saturday. Security forces firing tear gas as thousands of Venezuelans flooded the streets. The confrontation enhanced by security measures employed by the police. More than a dozen subway stations were closed across the city and check points were set up on roads leading to the capitol. And in San Cristobal, rubber bullets fired by the police injured two, according to a Reuters witness. The latest protest coming one-day after two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, seen as the opposition's best chance at toppling President Nicolas Maduro if elections are held next year, was banned from holding political office for 15 years. Capriles seems undeterred. SOUNDBITE: HENRIQUE CAPRILES, TOP OPPOSITION LEADER (SPANISH WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION) SAYING: "That disqualification will never come into effect. All this is to demoralize, to take away the hope of the people, to prevent me from being a candidate and to be president, but this is not a candidacy, it is about Venezuela and we are going to fight for Change our country.'' Maduro - whose popularity has plunged as Venezuelan's suffer from hyper inflation and the lack of food and medicine - has only seemed to galvanize a fractured opposition that sees him as a dictator. Saturday's demonstration is the first sign protesters are uniting in a way not seen since 2014.