Latin America

In photos: the Venezuelan demonstrators who jumped into a stinking river to avoid tear gas and riot troops

Any attempt by opposition protesters to reach the center of Caracas has been repelled by a hail of tear gas and shotgun pellets by Venezuelan police and National Guard riot troops. On April 19, some chose to escape across the Guaire River, a notorious open sewage-laden canal that divides the south and north side of the city. In 2005 the government of Hugo Chavez began a project to clean up the river that was never completed. Experts say at least $14 billion has been spent on it, without any visible results.

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