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In pictures: Venezuela's popular discontent boils over in demonstrations against Maduro

With the economy rocked by rampant inflation and continuing shortages of staples and consumer goods, it is not clear whether Hugo Chavez's successor can maintain the Bolivarian Revolution

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Demonstrators make a barricade of burning garbage during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 12, 2014. A demonstrator was killed during an anti-government rally in Caracas on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said. A Reuters cameraman and a photographer both heard shots and saw one protester had fallen to the ground. The person was then carried away dead.

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An opposition demonstrator carries a Venezuelan flag as he walks past a burning barricade during a protest in Caracas February 12, 2014.

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Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a protest in Caracas February 12, 2014.

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Demonstrators make a barricade of burning garbage during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 12, 2014.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/REUTERS

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Riot police walk through tear gas during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 12, 2014.

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A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas February 12, 2014.

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Protesters hold up a mock coffin as they take part in a demonstration in Caracas February 12, 2014.

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