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The Latest: Journalists blocked in Venezuela

  • A man holds up a sign that reads in Spanish; "Recall now" as protesters gather for the “taking of Caracas” march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept 1, 2016. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    A man holds up a sign that reads in Spanish; "Recall now" as protesters gather for the “taking of Caracas” march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept 1, 2016. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • A giant inflatable depicting Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez towers over Bolivar Avenue during a rally in support of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Opponents of Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government's ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march called the "taking of Caracas" aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    A giant inflatable depicting Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez towers over Bolivar Avenue during a rally in support of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Opponents of Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government's ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march called the "taking of Caracas" aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young man holds poster with a message that reads in Spanish; "No more Socialism" as protesters gather for the “taking of Caracas” march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept 1, 2016. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year.  (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    A young man holds poster with a message that reads in Spanish; "No more Socialism" as protesters gather for the “taking of Caracas” march in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept 1, 2016. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. The march aims to pressure electoral authorities to allow a recall referendum against Maduro this year. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on protests in Venezuela (all times local):

10:55 a.m.

News media and press rights organizations say at least seven journalists have been denied entry to Venezuela ahead of Thursday's planned opposition protests.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists says the reporters were told they lacked proper government accreditation as journalists.

It says they include journalists for the French daily Le Monde, Colombia's Caracol radio and television and Al-Jazeera, as well as one of the committee's own reporters.

The Miami Herald says its reporter Jim Wyss also was detained and expelled.

Like many countries, Venezuela requires working journalists to have accreditation, though the rules are only sporadically enforced.