At least three killed during massive anti-government marches in Venezuela

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At least three people have now died during anti-government rallies in Venezuela. 

Tens of thousands have marched against president Nicolas Maduro.
Source: 1 NEWS

Tens of thousands flooded the streets of Caracas and other Venezuelan cities yesterday, battling security forces in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against President Nicolas Maduro. 

Protesters made an unsuccessful attempt to march to downtown Caracas as security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.

Dozens even had to slide down a concrete embankment and into the Guaire River to escape the noxious fumes. 

A teenager, a woman and a national guardsman were killed in the clashes across the country. 

The three killings bring death toll to seven since protests began three weeks ago over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the opposition-controlled congress of its last remaining powers, a move that was later reversed but not before enraging the opposition and causing a storm of international criticism.

The charges that Venezuela is moving toward a full-blown dictatorship come against the backdrop of an ever-deepening economic crisis.

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