As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition protesters on Saturday confronted security forces on a main avenue in Caracas, venting their anger over a nationwide blackout, shortages of basic necessities and the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Demonstrators on Avenida Victoria in the Venezuelan capital pushed against the shields of riot police, who later withdrew from the area.

Security forces have deployed in large numbers in the city ahead of planned rallies by supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido.

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