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Protests Break Out in Venezuela After Top Court Muzzles Congress

Security forces violently repressed small protests that broke out in Venezuela's capital Friday after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign governments.

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A woman wears a banner over her mouth with a message that reads in Spanish: "Venezuela lives in a dictatorship" during a protest, in Caracas, March 31, 2017.
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A woman wears a banner over her mouth with a message that reads in Spanish: "Venezuela lives in a dictatorship" during a protest, in Caracas, March 31, 2017.

Venezuelan opposition activists march along a street of Caracas, March 31, 2017 chanting slogans against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
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Venezuelan opposition activists march along a street of Caracas, March 31, 2017 chanting slogans against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan opposition deputy Rafael Guzman (C), confronts National Guard personnel during a protest in front of the National Attorney's General office building in Caracas, March 31, 2017.
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Venezuelan opposition deputy Rafael Guzman (C), confronts National Guard personnel during a protest in front of the National Attorney's General office building in Caracas, March 31, 2017.

Venezuelan opposition activists march along a street of Caracas, March 31, 2017 chanting slogans against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
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Venezuelan opposition activists march along a street of Caracas, March 31, 2017 chanting slogans against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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