Woman march in Venezuelan capital against socialist govt

Women are massing in Caracas to protest the increasingly embattled socialist government as part of what the opposition members are calling a march against repression.

Police in riot gear again took control of major roads in the city as a protest movement entered its sixth week. The government also plans a counter women's march in the city's downtown.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez on Friday denounced the protest movement, and said protesters were attempting a kind of nonconventional warfare.

Local news media on Friday carried a video circulating on Twitter that showed residents pulling down a statue of late President Hugo Chavez in the western state of Zulia. The media reported that students destroyed the statue as part of the larger protest movement.