Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Venezuelan security forces disperse protesters opposed to President Nicolas Maduro with water cannons in the capital, Caracas.

Maduro’s adversaries have been blocking highways and setting up barricades for two months, demanding that he call early elections and address an increasingly severe economic crisis that has left millions struggling to get enough to eat.

Fifty-nine people have died in the often violent street melees, which Maduro calls an effort to overthrow his government. (Reuters)

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Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition Deputy Carlos Paparoni is hit by a jet of water during riots at a march to the state ombudsman’s office in Caracas, Venezuela, May 29, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Demonstrators are hit by a jet of water during clashes at a march to the state ombudsman’s office in Caracas, Venezuela, May 29, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition Deputy Carlos Paparoni is hit by a jet of water during clashes at a march to the state ombudsman’s office in Caracas, Venezuela, May 29, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A demonstrator confronts a police water cannon vehicle during a rally called by health care workers and opposition activists against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 22, 2017. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Demonstrators clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Demonstrators clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A demonstrator jumps away from a jet of water from a riot security forces vehicle during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A demonstrator is hit by a jet of water during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Christian Veron/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A demonstrator uses a shield as protesters clash with riot security forces during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Christian Veron/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A jet of water is released on demonstrators during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A demonstrator throws a stone toward a water cannon vehicle during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

A jet of water is aimed at demonstrators during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 26, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition party supporters are hit by a water cannon while clashing with riot security forces during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

An opposition party supporter lies on the ground after being hit by a water cannon while clashing during a rally against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Christian Veron/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. The sign on top right reads “Honor is my badge.” (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Water cannons blast Venezuelan protesters

Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 18, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

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