Venezuela protests: What you need to know

(CNN)Venezuela has been riven by violent protests in recent weeks as opposition leaders face off with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.

    A protester prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail during a march Wednesday in Caracas.A protester prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail during a march Wednesday in Caracas.
    Opposition leader Henrique Capriles suffers the effects of tear gas during a Wednesday rally in Caracas.Opposition leader Henrique Capriles suffers the effects of tear gas during a Wednesday rally in Caracas.
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro salutes Monday during Bolivarian militia celebrations in Caracas.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro salutes Monday during Bolivarian militia celebrations in Caracas.
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    Riot police confront demonstrators during an anti-government rally Wednesday in Caracas.Riot police confront demonstrators during an anti-government rally Wednesday in Caracas.
    The region seems split in its support for Maduro. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay signed a joint statement Monday asking for the Venezuelan government “to guarantee the right to peaceful demonstration,” and avoid violence against protesters. They have also urged the government to call for elections.

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