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CARACAS, Venezuela – 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.