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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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General Motors says it has halted operations in Venezuela after authorities seized a factory. The plant was confiscated Wednesday in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. Paul Sancya/AP 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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A bakery worker grabs a bags of bread in Caracas, Venezuela, last month. Venezuelan bakeries are the latest industry to find themselves in the cross-hairs of President Nicolas Maduros administration, as bread lines grow in the capital Caracas. The government has ordered bakers to use scarce supplies of flour to produce price-controlled loaves. Wil Riera/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Venezuela's Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

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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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Venezuelan National Assembly President Julio Borges rips up a Supreme Court ruling allowing magistrates to take over congressional duties, during a news conference at the National Assembly in Caracas on Thursday. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela, at her home in Riverton, Utah, in July 2016. "Eventually," she says, "he'll come home and we'll be able to go back to our normal lives. And I can stop crying every night." Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

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Tarek El Aissami, then Venezuela's interior minister, holds a press conference in Caracas in April 2012. El Aissami became the country's vice president last month, and the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against him on Monday. Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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