Supporters of Venezuela’s leader, Nicolas Maduro returned to the streets again amid rising fears the political crisis could be entering a turbulent new phase.

Supporters of the government of Nicolas Maduro marched through the streets of Caracas, speaking out against US sanctions.

The demonstration took place in the city center. Activists chanted slogans against US President Donald Trump and demanded an end to financial sanctions against Venezuela.

After a strained 48 hours for Venezuela in which almost the entire country was affected by a blackout thousands of demonstrators turned out to champion their respective leaders, both of whom claim the presidency.

“I’m here to support President Maduro … he is the constitutional president of our Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, – said María Reyes, a 52-year-old housewife who was among the crowds at a pro-Maduro rally in central Caracas.

Reyes said she was there to defend Hugo Chavez’s political heir and denounce “the impostor Guaido” as a threat to peace.

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