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    Protests were staged in various parts of Venezuela in the wake of the government decision to ban the 100-bolivar bank notes, media report.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Friday, the Central Banked closed its doors to Venezuelans who wanted to exchange the notes (they have until Tuesday to do so), which sparked riots, The Wall Street Journal said.

    According to the newspaper, dozens of people were arrested as the National Guard was sent to disperse the protesters.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared an economic emergency in Venezuela in January. The country’s opposition has blamed Maduro for the economic crisis in the country, which has seen multiple mass protests amid shortages of food, goods and services.


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