Posted with permission from euronews

More clashes have broken out in Caracas as daily protests against the president descended into chaos.

Tear gas was fired as demonstrators ran for cover. A bus was set on fire.

What has the president said?

Speaking at a political rally, Nicolas Maduro blamed the head of the opposition-led National Assembly for all the violence.

He says the demonstrations amount to a violent effort to overthrow him.

The 54-year-old former bus driver says his opponents are seeking a coup with the support of the United States and encouragement of international media.

What has the opposition said?

They accuse Maduro of breaking up the protests violently.

Describing Maduro as a dictator who has wrecked the OPEC nation’s economy, they are seeking fresh elections, foreign humanitarian aid, freedom for hundreds of jailed activists and autonomy for the opposition-controlled legislature.

How long have the protests been going on?

Six weeks. Driven by anger over the country’s brutal economic crisis, they have left nearly 40 people dead.