Venezuela's increasingly militant opposition stepped up its push to remove leftist leader Nicolas Maduro with rallies that drew hundreds of thousands of protesters and calls for a general strike and march on the presidential palace. [20 photos total]

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Demonstrators clash with members of Venezuelan National Guard during a rally demanding a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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An injured Venezuelan National Guard walks away during a rally demanding a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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Opposition supporters take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Christian Veron) #
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Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, holding a copy of the Venezuelan constitution, takes part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #
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A demonstrator is detained during a rally demanding a referendum to remove Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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An opposition supporter holding cards with the image of President Maduro and depicting late President Hugo Chavez takes part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #
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Opposition supporters take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #
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Opposition supporters take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #
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Opposition leader and Governor of Miranda state Henrique Capriles (C) attends a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #
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Opposition supporters take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #
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President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government rally at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela October 25, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins) #
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Deputies of the Venezuelan coalition of opposition parties (MUD) and of the Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) scuffle during a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela October 25, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #
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Lilian Tintori (C), wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and her mother-in-law Antonieta Mendoza (3R) take part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, October 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #
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A riot police officer throws a stone during clashes with opposition supporters in a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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An injured youth is helped by his fellow demonstrators after clashes with riot police during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a student rally demanding a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #
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A riot police officer fires into the air during clashes with opposition supporters in a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a rally to demand a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro in San Cristobal, Venezuela October 24, 2016. (REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez) #
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Supporters of President Nicolas Maduro storm into in a session of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela October 23, 2016. (REUTERS/Marco Bello) #

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