Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

Anti-government protesters cover themselves with shields during riots in CaracasBy Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths. But enthusiasm among opposition supporters for the street protests appears to be waning, with numbers dropping from previous months and Maduro’s position seemingly safe despite his constant references to coup plots against him. “We may be fewer, but we are staying on the street!” vowed law student Nicole Gonzalez, who joined hundreds in Caracas at a barefoot march on Wednesday and a staging of Jesus’ “Via Crucis” walk with the crucifix on Thursday.

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