>> Venezuelan protestors are back on the street this week, many risking their lives with renewed hope their chants and marches can make a difference. Reuters' Angus Berwick is in Caracas, and has met with many of the protestors.>> The vast majority of them haven't protested since 2017. Many of them last year felt that kinda the movement to get rid of Maduro had run out of steam, that there was no hope.
But with the arrival of Juan Guaido on the scene, people now believe that there is again a chance of returning democracy to Venezuela.>> Juan Guaido, 35-year-old opposition leader this week declared himself the interim president, and denounced President Nicolas Maduro as an illegitimate usurper. All that is inspiring protestors to take risk and take to the streets again.
And unlike previous protests which drew a mainly middle class crowd, this time they're from all walks of life. Like Anaihim Trejo, a 21-year-old student who joined hundreds of thousands of protestors on Wednesday. It was the first major anti-Maduro march since 2017, when over 100 people died during months of clashes with riot police.
And it comes with risk. The United Nations Human Watch office citing reports, said that at least 20 people were killed this week.>> For the freedom of our country, I can't stand Maduro anymore. We suffered too much.>> The struggle will be long. The police push us back once, twice, three times.
And we keep going back, and we are going to be here until there is a change.>> Venezuelans have been struggling with crippling inflation for years now. And that's left hospitals without drugs, and stores without food. And some say things have gotten so bad, it's created an opening for the opposition party.
Guiado seeks to lead an interim government that would call free elections. Maduro accuses him of staging a coup.