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Venezuelans using numbers to take back their streets at night
Their lives reshaped by a steep economic skid and long wave of violent crime, many residents of the sprawling capital say they have had enough of cowering behind gated windows and locked doors.
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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, youths play street soccer in the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. As daylight fades in Caracas, packs of cyclists, groups of fitness-enthusiasts and families of film fans are coming out to reclaim their streets and parks from criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Friday, May 8, 2015 photo, a police officer from the municipality of El Hatillo listens to Sub-Director Marcos Rodriguez giving a personal safety recommendation during a meeting prior starting their shift in El Hatillo, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. In posh eastern Caracas, where the rich are regular targets of express kidnappings and armed assaults, many say they have had enough of cowering behind gated windows and locked doors. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, residents watch a movie projected on a screen on the street, as part of a plan by the municipality to bring cinema to the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. Some who dont want the crime to change their way of life choose go on bike rides at night or attend outdoor film screenings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 29, 2015 photo, patrons eat at a drive thru restaurant in Caracas, Venezuela. Their lives reshaped by a steep economic skid and long wave of violent crime, many residents of the sprawling capital say they have had enough of cowering behind gated windows and locked doors. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Thursday, April 30, 2015 photo, residents hanging their clothes in the sun inside the iron barred windows of their house in the Petare shantytown of Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. As crime spread, people began adopting informal curfews, going inside and locking up their doors by 7:30 p.m. To stay out later was to be exposed. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Friday, May 8, 2015 photo, a couple walks at Bolivar square in El Hatillo, Venezuela. The colonial-era district in the south of the capital has seen a rash of kidnappings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, residents watch a movie projected on a screen in the neighborhood street as part of a plan by the municipality to bring cinema to the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. With its year-round warm temperatures, Caracas once was a city of all-night block parties and bar crawls, but as crime spread, people began adopting informal curfews, going inside and locking up their doors by 7:30 p.m. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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This Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, shows a view of the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife, but some who dont want the crime to change their way of life choose go on bike rides at night or attend outdoor film screenings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, razor wire seen protects the walls of a house in Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. With crime running amok, many are choosing to get home before dark leaving many restaurants, bars and nightclubs empty, to remain safe. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, bullet holes can be seen on the main gate of a house at a Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. But as crime spread, people began adopting informal curfews, going inside and locking up their doors by 7:30 p.m. To stay out later was to be exposed. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, a dog guards a house at a shantytown of Petare in Caracas, Venezuela. With its year-round warm temperatures, Caracas once was a city of all-night block parties and bar crawls. But as crime spread, people began adopting informal curfews, going inside and locking up their doors by 7:30 p.m. To stay out later was to be exposed. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, a student briskly walks to his home in Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. Earlier this year, criminals detonated a grenade in the middle of the street while fleeing police. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo, a shadow of a group of cyclists is projected on a wall during a night ride at the South East of Caracas, Venezuela. As daylight fades in the city, packs of cyclists, groups of fitness-enthusiasts and families of film fans are coming out to reclaim their streets and parks from criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Tuesday, April 14, 2015 photo, cyclists ride a night route at the South East of Caracas, Venezuela. The rampant crime in Venezuelas capital has affected its nightlife. To remain safe, many are choosing to get home before dark leaving many restaurants, bars and nightclubs empty. Some who dont want the crime to change their way of life choose go on bike rides at night or attend outdoor film screenings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, a couple waits for public transportation after sunset at the Petare shantytown in Caracas, Venezuela. In Petare in an attempt to take back the night, local officials show movies three times a week. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuelans using numbers to take back their streets at night

Their lives reshaped by a steep economic skid and long wave of violent crime, many residents of the sprawling capital say they have had enough of cowering behind gated windows and locked doors.

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