Venezuela split by pro- and anti-Maduro protests

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Venezuela's Education Ministry Hector Rodriguez (C) waves a Venezuelan flag during the "Big March for Youth and Peace" demonstration in Caracas on February 15, 2014Supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s leftist government staged dueling rallies Saturday in Caracas and other cities in the latest public displays of discontent at soaring inflation and basic goods shortages. The protesters, mostly students, have spearheaded nearly two weeks of marches against President Nicolas Maduro. Speaking before thousands of supporters gathered in downtown Caracas, the president accused conservative Colombian President Alvaro Uribe of “funding and directing” the “fascist movements” he blames for the protests. Maduro’s government has also taken Colombian news channel NTN24 off the air, saying it was inciting anti-government violence.

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