A demonstrator against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government wears a mask calling for civil disobedience during a protest in Caracas on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schenidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A protester stares down riot police behind his gas mask, during demonstrations against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Thursday. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Juan Pablo Guanipa is running for governor of the western Venezuelan state of Zulia, and as he campaigns in Maracaibo, the state capital, people complain of food shortages and hyperinflation. John Otis for NPR hide caption

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Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has been under criticism following a Supreme Court decision nullifying the country's opposition-run legislature. The court reversed that decision Saturday. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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Earlier this month in Caracas, Venezuela, people protested conditions set by electoral authorities for a recall referendum to go forward against President Nicolas Maduro. Alejandro Cegarra/AP hide caption

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Activists opposed to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro march in Caracas on Thursday. The opposition and the government headed into a crucial test of strength with massive marches for and against a referendum to recall Maduro. Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters as he walks with his wife Cilia Flores in the capital Caracas on July 5, Venezuela's Independence Day. As the country's crisis has deepened, Maduro has lost support, but the military remains on his side. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Venezuela's Embattled President Loses Support, But Clings To Power

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country's economic problems. Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

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A demonstrator confronts riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, on Feb. 22. Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Has Little Leverage To Stop Political Violence In Venezuela

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Leopoldo López, an ardent opponent of Venezuela's socialist government facing an arrest warrant after President Nicolas Maduro ordered his arrest on charges of homicide and inciting violence, kisses his wife Lilian Tintori, before turning himself in to authorities on Tuesday. Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This photo, which witnesses say shows Venezuelan beauty queen Genesis Carmona being evacuated from the scene of a protest on Tuesday, is ricocheting around the Web. She died after being shot. /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez (in white shirt) as he turned himself over to police on Tuesday in Caracas. Cristian Hernandez /Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the store in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. The government says it will import 50 million rolls of toilet paper amid a shortage. Fernando Llano/AP hide caption

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This undated family photo released Thursday shows Timothy Tracy inside of a vehicle in Venezuela. The 35-year-old filmmaker from California was arrested Wednesday by Venezuelan authorities. AP hide caption

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Supporters of acting President Nicolas Maduro celebrated Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela, after the initial vote count showed him enjoying a narrow victory. Luis Acosta /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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March 6: In Caracas, many Venezuelans crowded the streets to see the coffin of President Hugo Chavez. Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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