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Hundreds protest against 'fixed' Venezuela election

An opposition supporter takes part in a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas, Venezuela May 16, 2018. Several hundred Venezuelan opposition demonstrators blocked traffic in a march to the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Caracas on Wednesday to protest this weekend's presidential vote, which they say is rigged.

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An opposition supporter takes part in a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas, Venezuela May 16, 2018. Several hundred Venezuelan opposition demonstrators blocked traffic in a march to the Organization of American States (OAS)...more

An opposition supporter takes part in a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas, Venezuela May 16, 2018. Several hundred Venezuelan opposition demonstrators blocked traffic in a march to the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Caracas on Wednesday to protest this weekend's presidential vote, which they say is rigged. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A man walks past graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "I'm not going to vote". With the mainstream opposition boycotting Sunday's election and two of their most popular leaders barred from standing, leftist President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win re-election despite Venezuela's crushing economic crisis.

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A man walks past graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "I'm not going to vote". With the mainstream opposition boycotting Sunday's election and two of their most popular leaders barred from standing, leftist President Nicolas Maduro is...more

A man walks past graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "I'm not going to vote". With the mainstream opposition boycotting Sunday's election and two of their most popular leaders barred from standing, leftist President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win re-election despite Venezuela's crushing economic crisis. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
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Opposition supporters take part in a protest in Caracas. Wednesday's march, a far cry from months of mass protests that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets last year, was led by a recently formed new opposition grouping called Broad Front, which is promoting abstention.

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Opposition supporters take part in a protest in Caracas. Wednesday's march, a far cry from months of mass protests that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets last year, was led by a recently formed new opposition grouping called Broad Front,...more

Opposition supporters take part in a protest in Caracas. Wednesday's march, a far cry from months of mass protests that drew hundreds of thousands onto the streets last year, was led by a recently formed new opposition grouping called Broad Front, which is promoting abstention. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. "I'm not going to vote because it's all fixed in advance," said Nancy Forrero, 54, an engineer for a private oil company. "This is a dictatorship," added Forrero, whose son has moved to Buenos Aires. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have left their country for other places in South America in a growing exodus of migrants escaping high inflation and food shortages.

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Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. "I'm not going to vote because it's all fixed in advance," said Nancy Forrero, 54, an engineer for a private oil company. "This is a dictatorship," added Forrero, whose son has moved to...more

Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. "I'm not going to vote because it's all fixed in advance," said Nancy Forrero, 54, an engineer for a private oil company. "This is a dictatorship," added Forrero, whose son has moved to Buenos Aires. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have left their country for other places in South America in a growing exodus of migrants escaping high inflation and food shortages. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A woman shouts during a protest in Caracas. Chanting anti-Maduro slogans and waving the flags of militant opposition parties Justice First and Popular Will, the protesters planned to deliver a letter to the OAS office. "We want free, transparent, true elections, not what's going to happen on Sunday, a farce," said economist Ivan Lopez, 65.

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A woman shouts during a protest in Caracas. Chanting anti-Maduro slogans and waving the flags of militant opposition parties Justice First and Popular Will, the protesters planned to deliver a letter to the OAS office. "We want free, transparent,...more

A woman shouts during a protest in Caracas. Chanting anti-Maduro slogans and waving the flags of militant opposition parties Justice First and Popular Will, the protesters planned to deliver a letter to the OAS office. "We want free, transparent, true elections, not what's going to happen on Sunday, a farce," said economist Ivan Lopez, 65. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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An opposition supporter wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a protest in Caracas. The abstention push has split Venezuela's opposition and played into Maduro's hands. His main rival is a former state governor, Henri Falcon, who broke with the opposition coalition to run, arguing the only way to defeat Maduro was at the ballot box. "Those promoting abstention are not offering any alternative, they want a foreign military intervention, but it is we Venezuelans who have to resolve our problems," Falcon told Reuters at a rally in Barinas state on Tuesday night.

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An opposition supporter wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a protest in Caracas. The abstention push has split Venezuela's opposition and played into Maduro's hands. His main rival is a former state governor, Henri Falcon, who broke with the...more

An opposition supporter wearing a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a protest in Caracas. The abstention push has split Venezuela's opposition and played into Maduro's hands. His main rival is a former state governor, Henri Falcon, who broke with the opposition coalition to run, arguing the only way to defeat Maduro was at the ballot box. "Those promoting abstention are not offering any alternative, they want a foreign military intervention, but it is we Venezuelans who have to resolve our problems," Falcon told Reuters at a rally in Barinas state on Tuesday night. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "20 M no to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. While polls are mixed and unreliable due to the anticipated larger-than-usual abstention, some do show Falcon ahead of Maduro. However, Maduro benefits from the ruling Socialist Party's election machinery, the vote-winning power of state food handouts, and an election board controlled by loyalists.

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An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "20 M no to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. While polls are mixed and unreliable due to the anticipated larger-than-usual abstention, some do show Falcon ahead of Maduro. However, Maduro...more

An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "20 M no to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. While polls are mixed and unreliable due to the anticipated larger-than-usual abstention, some do show Falcon ahead of Maduro. However, Maduro benefits from the ruling Socialist Party's election machinery, the vote-winning power of state food handouts, and an election board controlled by loyalists. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. The United States, European Union and various Latin American nations have already condemned Sunday's vote conditions as unfair, and U.S. President Donald Trump is considering adding oil sanctions to measures already taken to stop Venezuela issuing more debt.

REUTERS/Marco Bello

Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. The United States, European Union and various Latin American nations have already condemned Sunday's vote conditions as unfair, and U.S. President Donald Trump is considering adding oil...more

Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. The United States, European Union and various Latin American nations have already condemned Sunday's vote conditions as unfair, and U.S. President Donald Trump is considering adding oil sanctions to measures already taken to stop Venezuela issuing more debt. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "Hey Nicolas! Without fear" during a protest in Caracas. In an interview with French TV channel France 24 released on Wednesday, Maduro condemned those international actions as "unacceptable threats" to sovereignty and insisted Venezuela's democracy was "impeccable." He also said there may be a referendum after the election to revoke opposition legislators in the National Assembly. "It seems a very good idea," he said, of the idea being floated by the entirely pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly, which has taken over the opposition-run legislature's functions.

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An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "Hey Nicolas! Without fear" during a protest in Caracas. In an interview with French TV channel France 24 released on Wednesday, Maduro condemned those international actions as "unacceptable threats"...more

An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "Hey Nicolas! Without fear" during a protest in Caracas. In an interview with French TV channel France 24 released on Wednesday, Maduro condemned those international actions as "unacceptable threats" to sovereignty and insisted Venezuela's democracy was "impeccable." He also said there may be a referendum after the election to revoke opposition legislators in the National Assembly. "It seems a very good idea," he said, of the idea being floated by the entirely pro-Maduro Constituent Assembly, which has taken over the opposition-run legislature's functions. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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People wearing T-shirts depicting Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez take part in a protest in Caracas.

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People wearing T-shirts depicting Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez take part in a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

People wearing T-shirts depicting Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez take part in a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections, in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A placard depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is seen during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A placard depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is seen during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A placard depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro is seen during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "No to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "No to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

An opposition supporter holds a placard that reads "No to the fraud" during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

A woman shouts during a protest against upcoming presidential elections in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest in Caracas. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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A motorcycle passes graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "Do not vote, please I beg you". REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A motorcycle passes graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "Do not vote, please I beg you". REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A motorcycle passes graffiti painted on a fence in Caracas, reading: "Do not vote, please I beg you". REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
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