Tensions in Venezuela have escalated as people flooded the streets protesting the left-wing regime of President Nicolas Maduro, with more protests hitting just hours after at least two people were killed and hundreds arrested in what many called "the mother of all marches."
Tens of thousands of protesters demanding elections and denouncing an increasingly dictatorial government were met by a curtain of tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to march to downtown Caracas this week. Dozens even had to slide down a concrete embankment and into the Guaire River to escape the noxious fumes. Armed civilian supporters of Maduro have also attacked anti-Maduro protesters.
The oil-rich South American country has been teetering near collapse for a while, as its inflation rate hit a crippling 800 percent last year and living conditions remain unbearable, with most people unable to find enough food to eat.
Here are some images reflecting protests between April 6 and April 20.