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Tempers Flare at Dueling Venezuela Rallies in Union Square

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Tempers flared Saturday in Union Square during dueling rallies over the crisis in Venezuela.

Crowds tried shouting each other down as groups protesting the violence in the South American nation faced off against government supporters.

Things have escalated after protests in Venezuela turned bloody and at least 10 people were killed.

In the city, some demonstrators are calling for the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while others blame the demonstrators for the upheaval.

"The government's using brutal force tactics to scare people from going to the streets and actually getting their voices heard," said one person.

"We have a government that is killing people, that is killing innocent people, the students," said another. "People are being persecuted on the streets."

"They are against Venezuela because they want to be part of the bourgeoisie in Venezuela," said a third person. "I'm here for the poor of Venezuela, which is Maduro, of course."

The violence started February 12, when students marking a local holiday known as "Youth Day" began calling for social and economic change.

That led to a controversial response by the government, including the jailing of an opposition leader, a media blackout and the expulsion of foreign diplomats, including three Americans.

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