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Students, Chávez Supporters Clash in Venezuela
Hundreds of student protesters rallied Thursday in Venezuela when they were attacked by supporters of the late President Hugo Chávez who hurled rocks and bottles injuring seven and raising tensions in a country already sharply divided ahead of next month's presidential election.  
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An opposition student protester sits on the ground after he injured his left eye during a march toward the electoral commission in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Student protesters marching to protest against what they perceive as bias by Venezuela's electoral council clashed on Thursday with supporters of the late President Hugo Chavez. Police attempted to separate the rival groups, but scuffles broke out, prompting security forces to fire tear gas canisters and shoot plastic bullets at the Chavistas. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Opposition students shouts slogans against supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez during a protest a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The students were asking that the commission eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting. They were also demanding the government not interfere in politics ahead of an April 14 vote to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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An opposition student protester gestures after injuring his left eye during a march toward the electoral commission, as he sits on the ground against the wall of a kiosk covered by a pro-Hugo Chavez sign in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Student protesters marching to protest against what they perceive as bias by Venezuela's electoral council clashed on Thursday with supporters of the late President Hugo Chavez. Police attempted to separate the rival groups, but scuffles broke out, prompting security forces to fire tear gas canisters and shoot plastic bullets at the Chavistas. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez hold up a poster of him after they burned a banner that was grabbed from opposition student protesters who were demonstrating a few blocks from the electoral council in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The opposition group was demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Estudiantes de la oposición cantan consignas contra los simpatizantes del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez durante una protesta a sólo unas cuadras de la sede del Consejo Nacional Electoral en Caracas, Venezuela, el jueves 21 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Fernando Llano)

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Venezuela's Bolivarian Police officers stand between a group of opposition student protesters, left, and supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez as the opposition group protests a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Police in riot gear blocked off the avenue leading to the National Electoral Council in downtown Caracas where about 100 government supporters quickly gathered as opposition student demonstrators protested against what they perceive as bias by Venezuela's electoral council. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez burn a sign taken from opposition student protesters a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The opposition group was demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Estudiantes de la oposición cantan consignas contra los simpatizantes del fallecido presidente de Venezuela Hugo Chávez ante efectivos de la policía antimotines durante una protesta a sólo unas cuadras de la sede del Consejo Nacional Electoral en Caracas, Venezuela, el jueves 21 de marzo de 2013. (AP foto/Fernando Llano)

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A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, left, argues with an anti-riot police officer who tries to block him from a group of opposition students protesting a few blocks from the electoral council in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Police in riot gear blocked off the avenue leading to the National Electoral Council in downtown Caracas where about 100 government supporters quickly gathered as opposition student demonstrators protested what they perceive as bias by Venezuela's electoral council. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Anti-riot police stand between a group of opposition student protesters and supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The students were demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Anti-riot police lineup to separate a group of opposition students from supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez during an opposition protest a few blocks from the electoral comission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The students were demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, one holding a poster of him, block a street during a protest by opposition students a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The opposition group was demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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A anti-riot police try to stop an opposition student protester from advancing toward supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Police in riot gear blocked off the avenue leading to the National Electoral Council in downtown Caracas where about 100 government supporters quickly gathered as opposition student demonstrators protested against what they perceive as bias by Venezuela's electoral council. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Anti-riot police stand between a group of opposition student protesters and supporters of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez a few blocks from the electoral commission in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The students were demanding the electoral council eliminate requirements that voters have their fingerprints recorded before voting and that it prevent the government from seizing television and radio airwaves at will to allow acting president Nicolas Maduro to promote his candidacy. Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14 to replace Chavez. The image on the wall is of Venezuela's independence hero Simon Bolivar. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Students, Chávez Supporters Clash in Venezuela

Hundreds of student protesters rallied Thursday in Venezuela when they were attacked by supporters of the late President Hugo Chávez who hurled rocks and bottles injuring seven and raising tensions in a country already sharply divided ahead of next month's presidential election.  

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