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Tensions rise in Venezuela as protests continue

A year after the death of Hugo Chávez, the movement he left behind is fighting for its survival without its comandante

What started in early February as a localised protest in the Andean university town of San Cristobal in western Venezuela has spiraled into nationwide violent civil strife, with the country split along battle lines Chávez spent more than a decade carving out.  The protests have tapped into a deep well of grievances against the government of Nicolas Maduro, Chávez's handpicked successor. Violence in Venezuela's cities is rampant and often goes unpunished. The inflation rate is one of the world's highest. Shelves are empty because importers struggle to get the dollars they need to buy basic goods. The opposition pins the blame for these and other ills squarely on the government and they have

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