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Feb 24, 2014 11:43 AM by Associated Press

Opposition blocks roads in Venezuelan capital

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Traffic has come to a halt in parts of the Venezuelan capital because of barricades set up by opposition protesters across major thoroughfares.

The protests are part of a wave of anti-government demonstrations that have swept Venezuela since Feb. 12 and have resulted in at least 10 deaths. The protests in the capital Monday were peaceful. Police and National Guard troops stood by but did not act to remove the barricades despite the effect on the morning commute.

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro blame his government for the country's high crime rate and economic troubles They say his socialist-inspired polices have led to shortages of basic goods and high inflation despite Venezuela's oil wealth.

Maduro has called for a national peace conference this week to address the unrest.

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