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Jul 5, 2017

Venezuela’s shield-bearing protesters

Venezuela’s shield-bearing protesters

Drawing inspiration from Ukraine's 2013-14 revolt, Venezuela's young protesters are donning Viking-like shields in battles with security forces and eagerly watching a film on the Kiev uprising.
Power to the people.

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that depicts the Venezuelan Constitution and reads "Respect me" and "Defend me", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest because we want a better Venezuela and because Maduro has to leave. I protest because there are many people going hungry and many children living in the streets... Maduro wants to turn us into Cuba, but we are Venezuelans." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Resist Venezuela" poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest because there are no medicines, because there are many people eating from the garbage and because many people are living on the streets." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for freedom. I'm 18 and I'm not to be blamed for this, I never voted for Chavez or Maduro. I want to know that I can study and that I can aspire to something better. This regime has robbed us of everything, robbed us of the quality of life and opportunities, so that we have nothing more to do than be here to defend our rights." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield and a knife poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest because the situation is very tough and we are going hungry. We really need a change." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Miraflores on fire", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 24, 2017. She said: "I'm protesting because Venezuela is beautiful and it's sad that everyone has to go. I fight because I don't want to leave Venezuela, I want to grow here." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield and a tennis racket poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for the future of my country." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield, poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest because the situation that we have in Venezuela today is very complex, both politically and socially. I protest so that my brothers can have a better education." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest because I am a young man and this government has not given me anything. I want to live well and this government has not allowed me to do so, I want to eat well, I want to dress well, but with the money I earn at work, I cannot afford it." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield, poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for my future, for the future of my country and so I can wake up tomorrow without any fighting or dictatorship". CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield, poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for a better country, for a better future and for us not to live in a dictatorship. I'm protesting so that my family can have a better future." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest, because I want a better future for me and my family, because it hurts to get up every day and have my mother crying because there is nothing to eat at home. Because I know that if I've got to die here, I would die fighting for my country and not because I was shot by someone who wanted to steal my cell phone." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "A benediction for the students", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 24, 2017. He said: "I am in the streets resisting because in this country we are living in a dictatorship and we want to have a better future for our children. Because food is not available, there are no jobs, no production of anything, we have high cost of living and insecurity." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest because my brother no longer lives here in Venezuela. My father has cancer and I can't find his medicines... my mother is retired and the money is not even enough for food... we need to change this situation in Venezuela." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a satellite TV antenna used as a shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for my country... we are the resistance and we are fighting for the world to understand that we live in a dictatorship. I fight for the beautiful Venezuela." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield, poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, May 27, 2017. He said: "I protest for a better country. I want a better future for me and my family." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Promise me you will come back tomorrow. Venezuela", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest for a better Venezuela, so that we can study, so that our children have a better future and for the freedom of everybody. Because we live in a dictatorship." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest for freedom. I fight for freedom of speech." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest because before we had it all and now we have nothing. Because today we have to wake up very early to queue to be able to buy food. I live in a slum and we have lots of needs, we are going hungry." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest for a better future for my daughter and for a better Venezuela." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Aim to the", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest to have a better Venezuela... Because today most of the young people graduate and have no chance of fulfilling their goals in the country. Venezuelans don't want any more dictatorship or repression, we want freedom." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "Aim to the", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest for a Venezuela in which my future children can grow in peace... without concerns over crime, where I can feed them and give them an education." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield that reads "No. Dictatorship. 350", poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest for the freedom of the country." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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A demonstrator holding a rudimentary shield poses for a picture before a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, June 17, 2017. He said: "I protest because this country is in misery and we want a better future for our children." CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

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