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Venezuelans called to flood streets in anti-Maduro protest

  • Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, top right, speaks to supporters and reporters during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April, 7, 2017. Capriles announced that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, top right, speaks to supporters and reporters during a meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, April, 7, 2017. Capriles announced that he has been banned from running for office for 15 years, a move sure to ratchet up tensions amid a growing street protest movement. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Bolivarian National Police throw a teargas bomb toward demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro protest on the streets of Caracas on Saturday as part of a week-long protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam.  (AP Photo/Fernando LLano)

    A Bolivarian National Police throw a teargas bomb toward demonstrators during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro protest on the streets of Caracas on Saturday as part of a week-long protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam. (AP Photo/Fernando LLano)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds up a sing that in Spanish read "No more dictatorship" as they walk along to gather for a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are preparing to flood the streets of Caracas on Saturday as part of a week-long protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    A woman holds up a sing that in Spanish read "No more dictatorship" as they walk along to gather for a demonstration against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are preparing to flood the streets of Caracas on Saturday as part of a week-long protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are calling on demonstrators to flood the streets of Caracas as part of a weeklong protest movement that shows little sign of losing steam.

An almost daily dosage of strong-armed tactics by Maduro's government has energized the opposition leading up to Saturday's march. In contrast, past demonstrations were planned weeks head to guarantee high turnout.

Authorities on Friday barred former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles from seeking office for 15 years. His supporters decried the move as another step toward dictatorship. It followed last week's Supreme Court decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power.

As is now customary authorities shut down the city's subway in what opponents call an attempt to discourage people from joining the protests.