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The violence in Venezuela's latest anti-government protest — the "mother of all marches" — has escalated.

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On April 19, Venezuelans took to the streets again to condemn president Nicolás Maduro for the country's democratic collapse and economic crisis

Reuters reports that over 400 people were arrested.

Two Venezuelan students and a National Guard sergeant died after being shot during the march.

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In April alone, eight people have died during these protests.

The opposition party wasn't the only group that rallied on Wednesday. Maduro and his supporters held a counter-demonstration at the capital.

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He addressed the rally's crowd and claimed that over 30 "terrorists" had been arrested. 

"Today the people stood by Maduro! We’ve triumphed again! Here we are, governing, governing, governing with the people!," he said.

The president also allegedly called for troops on the streets and supplied guns to civilians, according to The Guardian.

People are comparing the current situation to the 2002 coup to overthrow late president Hugo Chávez.

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However, analysts believe that there is less likelihood of a coup against Maduro because Chávez eradicated the armed forces after his short deposition.

Even though their lives are at stake, the opposition party is standing firm in their denouncement of Maduro.

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Many protestors supported the government under Chávez, but have become outraged since Maduro took office. 

"We are desperate and tired of living in misery. With Chávez our salaries were worth something. Now, if hunger doesn't kill us, then crime will," Kelvyn Cava, a former Chavista (supporter of Chávez) told The Guardian.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has called for another protest on April 20.

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"This is no longer people chanting and taking selfies. People are indignant – and they are resolute," Capriles said. "Same place, same time. If we were millions today, tomorrow we'll be more."