Foreigners detained as Venezuela protesters, security clash
Demonstrators flee a cloud of teargas fired by Bolivarian National Guard officers during antigovernment protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 28. (Fernando Llano/AP)
Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan activists called for fresh protests on Saturday after at least 41 people were arrested as street battles raged between security forces and protesters angry at the policies of the country's leftist government.
Three weeks of violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government have left 18 dead in the oil-rich nation, according to government figures, and the crisis showed little sign of abating.
National Guard security forces blasted the student-led demonstrators in the city's wealthy Chacao district late Friday with high-pressure water, and fired tear gas canisters in an attempt to break up the crowd.
Hooded protesters set up barricades and responded with a steady barrage of Molotov cocktails.
With no sign of a breakthrough in the crisis gripping the oil-rich country, Washington urged Maduro to talk to the protesters.
Black Blade: Venezuela and Ukraine are blowing up and even China threatens Japan, Taiwan and Philippines while North Korea talks tough toward South Korea. Something is gonna pop soon I think. Barack came out of his hidy-hole, shook his fist and scurried back into his cave. The world looks more unstable than it did a few weeks ago. Maybe we can score some cool kits and surplus ammo afterward.