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Venezuela opposition keeps pressure up in streets

  • Opposition lawmaker raise their hands to approve activation of the procedure to remove magistrates from the Supreme Court during a session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 05, 2017. The government over the weekend backed away from the Supreme Court's ruling after strong international and domestic criticism. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Opposition lawmaker raise their hands to approve activation of the procedure to remove magistrates from the Supreme Court during a session at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 05, 2017. The government over the weekend backed away from the Supreme Court's ruling after strong international and domestic criticism. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators take cover of tear gas fired by Bolivarian National Police during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down Venezuela's capital blocking the city's main artery to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Demonstrators take cover of tear gas fired by Bolivarian National Police during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down Venezuela's capital blocking the city's main artery to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators remove a fence to make a barricade during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down Venezuela's capital on Thursday, blocking the city's main artery to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Demonstrators remove a fence to make a barricade during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down Venezuela's capital on Thursday, blocking the city's main artery to protest what they call an attempted coup by the socialist administration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)  (The Associated Press)

Opposition leaders are calling on Venezuelans to take to the streets once again this week to protest what they say was an attempted coup.

The opposition on Thursday encouraged supporters to shut down main highways and roads around the country. The call comes two days after violent clashes at a major demonstration in Caracas.

Lawmakers, some still injured from the big protest, on Wednesday began the symbolic process of removing Supreme Court justices.

This latest political crisis was triggered last week when the Supreme Court issued a ruling that nullified congress. President Nicolas Maduro instructed the court to roll back that ruling a few days later, but opposition leaders say it revealed the administration's true dictatorial nature.