>> Police firing tear gas at protestors as tensions spilled over in the streets of Venezuela. Demonstrations in Caracas coming to a head during a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro. They're fearful that upcoming elections could change the constitution and even consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country.
In the state of Tachira, battle lines were drawn. Protesters setting out make shift barricades to defend against members of the national guard acting on the government's orders. Amid inflation, widespread food and medical shortages, protesters seeking to raise the stakes in the popular movement against the majority government. Brandishing homemade weapons and making Molotov cocktails, they're calling for freedom.
> This protester's saying they'll stay on the streets until the fall of Maduro, calling him a dictator. Many businesses in Tachira have been faced with looting. Authorities have blamed protesters for the attacks on businesses, but the opposition has accused the government of sending in supporters to taint government critics.
According to a local rights group, more than 170 people were arrested by late afternoon during the strike. Violence during four months of anti-government unrest has taken around 100 lives, injured thousands, left hundreds in jail, and further damaged an economy in its fourth year of a debilitating decline.