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The demonstration came a day after Maduro's government barred top opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years. The ban was the latest in a series of steps that critics and foreign governments warn are bringing Venezuela closer to dictatorship.Power to the people? The socialists will not approve...
Authorities on Friday banned Capriles from seeking office for 15 years for alleged administrative irregularities as governor of Miranda state. The move, decried by his supporters and foreign governments, followed last week's short-lived Supreme Court decision to gut the opposition-controlled legislature of its last vestiges of power.
"Nobody can disqualify the Venezuelan people," Capriles said from a stage in brief remarks before Saturday's demonstration began. When he called on protesters to march to the government's ombudsman's office, the crowd broke into a rendition of Venezuela's national anthem and stepped off toward downtown.