Venezuela shuts down as millions take to the streets

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From the Andes to the Amazon, millions of Venezuelans joined a 24-hour shutdown, staying at home, closing businesses or manning roadblocks in a civil disobedience campaign called by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's rule. The strike was triggered by Mr Maduro's call for new elections. Two young men have died in the unrest, authorities said. The opposition said 85 per cent of the country joined the strike.

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