A demonstrator shouts slogans during protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in front of members of the National Guard, in Caracas on March 18, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO)
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Opposition activists in the slums of eastern Caracas are hoping to unseat President Nicolas Maduro – but not by barricading streets or burning tires. Instead, they plan to build parks and fix roads to demonstrate that the opposition can do more for poor neighborhoods than the ruling socialists. The capital's slums have seen hardly a trace of the smoldering barricades and violent demonstrations that have engulfed middle-class areas for over a month in the South American OPEC nation's worst unrest for a decade. Opposition hard-liners such as Leopoldo Lopez, who was jailed last month for spearheading the national protests, say street demonstrations are the only option because state institutions are so degraded that they make democratic change impossible.Maduro's supporters say the opposition is seeking to destabilize his government through violent disruptions of public order that have damaged public spaces and endangered lives.The protests began in earnest in mid-February, when three people were killed after an opposition rally in Caracas.
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