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Tens of thousands of Venezuelans march against President Nicolas Maduro

•, Mery Mogollon, Chris Kraul

Marching on a day marking the beginning of Venezuela's independence movement from Spain in 1810, protesters dressed mainly in white clogged freeways and main thoroughfares across metropolitan Caracas, the capital. Many held placards reading "Maduro out," "Down with dictatorship," and "Liberty."

One of the fatalities was identified on social media as 19-year-old Carlos Jose Moreno Baron, who was killed apparently by a gunshot to the head fired by informal motorcycle-riding militias who support Maduro known as "colectivos." The death reportedly happened during an attack on a group of protesters in the working-class San Bernardino barrio.

April 19 is normally a day in which businesses shut down, families in Caracas head to the beach and politicians leave flowers at a monument to the nation's founder, Simon Bolivar.

But on this usually festive day, a photograph circulated on social media of a young man, his eyes closed, lying on his back in the street as blood pooled about his head. One tweet by Hasler Iglesias, a student protest leader, described him as "a victim of the murderous dictatorship."

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