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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrates the results of Sunday's referendum to elect members of his constituent assembly. For this "fundamental assault on the freedoms of the Venezuelan people," the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on Maduro on Monday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of Argentina's Venezuelan community protest against the election for a constituent assembly on Sunday, in Buenos Aires, as Venezuela holds the controversial vote. Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An anti-Maduro demonstrator waves the Venezuelan flag at a protest in the capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. The government banned such demonstrations nationwide for the next five days, as the country approaches a Sunday vote on delegates for Maduro's constituent assembly, which would lead a rewrite of the constitution. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuelans began blocking deserted streets Wednesday as the opposition held a two-day strike opposing President Nicolas Maduro's planned vote for a new Constituent Assembly. A banner reading "The Constituent Is Hunger," is seen in Caracas' Petare neighborhood on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Royal restaurant serves cheese arepas in Washington, D.C. As Venezuelans flee their troubled country, they bring with them a taste for the popular cornmeal cakes. Joy Asico/Courtesy of The Royal hide caption

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Members of the opposition launched a 24-hour nationwide strike on Thursday to increase pressure on beleaguered leftist President Nicolas Maduro following four months of deadly street demonstrations. Here, demonstrators block off an avenue during an anti-government protest. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Activists celebrate Sunday in Caracas after voting in an opposition-organized referendum on President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite Venezuela's Constitution. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oscar Perez speaks at an anti-government protest in Caracas on Thursday. Perez, a fugitive pilot who allegedly attacked the country's Supreme Court building with hand grenades thrown from a helicopter, appeared unexpectedly at an opposition rally before fleeing on a motorcycle. Inaki Zugasti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was released from prison and placed under house arrest, his supporters and the media gathered outside his house in Caracas Saturday. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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During a protest in Caracas this week, an opposition activist stands near graffiti against a proposal by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution. A political and economic crisis has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding Maduro's resignation. Federico Parra /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A crash in oil prices and political instability under President Nicolas Maduro has led to food shortages. And that has prompted almost daily street protests by thousands of Venezuelans. Here opposition activists march on the Francisco Fajardo Highway in Caracas on June 19. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are 'Like A War'

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A truck burns behind a man perched near a traffic barrier in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday. In more than 60 days of unrest, at least 60 people have died in violence related to protests against President Nicolas Maduro. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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A protester pushes into a phalanx of riot police Friday in Caracas, Venezuela. Demonstrators blame President Nicolas Maduro for the country's economic crisis, food shortages and indefinitely delayed elections. More than three dozen people have died in a month and a half of protests. Carlos Becerra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Hooded demonstrators equipped with helmets, gas masks and makeshift shields face off against riot police during a protest in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, on Wednesday. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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