Protests over Venezuela election

Political tension in Venezuela rose after the government said it would

proclaim acting President Nicolás Maduro as president-elect on April 15, despite opposition calls for a full recount from the bitterly

contested election.

An opposition supporter confronts riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An opposition supporter confronts riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An opposition supporter confronts riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, confront riot police from behind a burning barricade in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, confront riot police from behind a burning barricade in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, confront riot police from behind a burning barricade in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators confront the National Guard as they protest against the official results of last Sunday's presidential elections in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators confront the National Guard as they protest against the official results of last Sunday's presidential elections in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators confront the National Guard as they protest against the official results of last Sunday's presidential elections in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A demonstrator holds a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles as as other Capriles supporters and students block a highway in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A demonstrator holds a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles as as other Capriles supporters and students block a highway in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
A demonstrator holds a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles as as other Capriles supporters and students block a highway in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse students protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Opposition supporters react as they hear the official presidential elections results in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
Opposition supporters react as they hear the official presidential elections results in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
Opposition supporters react as they hear the official presidential elections results in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013. Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
An opposition supporter walks by a line of riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. The opposition is protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed Sunday presidential election. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has challenged his narrow loss to Nicolas Maduro and is demanding a recount. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An opposition supporter walks by a line of riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. The opposition is protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed Sunday presidential election. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has challenged his narrow loss to Nicolas Maduro and is demanding a recount. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
An opposition supporter walks by a line of riot police along a highway in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. The opposition is protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed Sunday presidential election. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has challenged his narrow loss to Nicolas Maduro and is demanding a recount. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, shout slogans against the government and the official election results in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, shout slogans against the government and the official election results in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Demonstrators, one holding a poster of opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, shout slogans against the government and the official election results in the Altamira neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 15, 2013. National Guard troops fired tear gas and plastic bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting the official results in Venezuela's disputed presidential election.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives to cast his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013.Venezuelan electoral officials announced Sunday evening that voters narrowly elected Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor as president in a razor-close special election. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives to cast his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013.Venezuelan electoral officials announced Sunday evening that voters narrowly elected Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor as president in a razor-close special election. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
Venezuela's interim President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives to cast his ballot in the presidential election in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, April 14, 2013.Venezuelan electoral officials announced Sunday evening that voters narrowly elected Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor as president in a razor-close special election. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro celebrates his victory after the official results of the presidential elections were announced, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, late Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro celebrates his victory after the official results of the presidential elections were announced, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, late Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Venezuela's newly elected President Nicolas Maduro celebrates his victory after the official results of the presidential elections were announced, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, late Sunday, April 14, 2013. Maduro, Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition leader Henrique Capriles by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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