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    Marching 'Grandparents' Clash With Police in Venezuela

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    Thousands of elderly Venezuelans clashed Friday with police on the way to the office of the nation’s ombudsman in Caracas, in a new wave of protests against the government, media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Venezuelan opposition called the "Grandparents March" to pile pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro as the country struggles with a deepening economic crisis.

    The elderly, some accompanied by their grandchildren, ran into lines of riot police as they reached the capital’s main road, the CNN news channel reported.

    Crowds of angry octogenarians pushed against the plastic shields of heavily-geared police officers who responded with pepper spray, according to the outlet.

    Last week, anti-Maduro opposition called on women to take to the streets to protest against the government who they accuse of mismanagement. Authorities estimate 39 people have lost their lives since demonstrations began in early April.


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