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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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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