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Protests in Venezuela Continue Despite Carnival Holiday

Venezuela’s opposition supporters maintained the momentum of three weeks of protests today with marches through Caracas, as the government turned to China and Russia for financial help.

Oil Minister and Economy Vice President Rafael Ramirez signed finance deals with the two countries, President Nicolas Maduro said on his Twitter account.

Ramirez “comes from China with very good news about economic and financial support,” Maduro said, without giving any details.

Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, headed a women’s march today to honor Venezuelans killed during three weeks of demonstrations and demand the release of detained protesters, including her husband. Students protesting about rising crime, shortages of basic goods and the world’s fastest inflation also joined the march. . .

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