Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave with his alpaca, Pisco, at San Bartolo beach in Lima, Peru, on March 16. Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride on the nose of his board, and now he is the first to do so with an alpaca. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
A Thai riot soldier wears a gas mask at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 16. Tens of thousands of protesters pressed ahead with a mass rally in Bangkok on Tuesday, some expressing frustration that four days of peaceful protests had failed to force Thailand's premier to call elections. Leaders of the 'red shirts' collected blood from supporters which they spilled outside the gates in what they are calling a symbolic sacrifice for democracy. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
Convention visitors watch a 3-D movie presentation during the ShoWest 2010 State of the Industry Update in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Matt Sayles/AP
A woman walks along the Persian Gulf in Muharraq, Bahrain, on March 16, during the sunset. Hasa Jamali/AP
A Palestinian protester picks up a tear gas canister fired by Israeli border police during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. Dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Tuesday. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus sits with a towel over her head during a changeover during her match against Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez of Spain at the Indian Wells WTA Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., on Monday. Martinez-Sanchez defeated Azarenka in the match. Danny Moloshok/Reuters
First Lady Michelle Obama continues her campaign to improve fitness and combat childhood obesity at an appearance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science Forum meeting in Washington on March 16. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
A CodePink protester holds up a sign during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 16. Harry Hamburg/AP
A tourist lies on the grass surrounded by spring flowers in central London on March 16. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Riders compete in the Arkle Challenge Trophy during The Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16. Russeel Cheyne/Reuters
People ride a roller coaster during a media preview at Universal Studios Singapore on March 16. Wong Maye-E/AP
A Bali resident watches the sunset on Kuta Beach, Indonesia, during Silence Day on Tuesday. Hindus in the world's most populous Muslim country celebrate their new year by observing a day of silence, in which they have to stay inside their homes and meditate in silence and darkness for the entire day. Firdia Lisnawati/AP
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.
ByFabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.
Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro. They turned the road into a kind of public plaza, with protesters settling in for picnics, reading books and reclining under umbrellas they brought to protect against the blazing Caribbean sun.
In the provinces, protests turned deadly. The public prosecutor announced that 54-year-old Renzo Rodriguez was killed by a gunshot to the chest Monday at a protest in the plains state of Barinas. In the mountain town of Merida, state worker Jesus Sulbaran was fatally shot in the neck at a pro-government rally. In addition, five people were injured at the Merida protest, Venezuela ombudsman Tarek William Saab said.
The two killings raised to 23 the number of deaths linked to unrest that began almost a month ago over the Supreme Court's decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers.
The Caracas gathering was largely peaceful, though some protesters wrapped bandanas around their faces and threw stones at police, prompting state security forces to release a cloud of tear gas.
Juan Carlos Bautista passed the afternoon playing dominos.
"We want to be free. I'm here fighting for my children and my children's children," he said.
The current wave of protests is the most intense the economically struggling country has seen since two months of anti-government protests in 2014 that left dozens dead. But while those protests were led by young people who built flaming barricades in the street, this month's movement is attracting masses of older protesters, who say they are fighting not for themselves, but for the younger generations.
Protesters in at least a dozen other cities staged sit-ins, with some building barricades to stop traffic. In Caracas, protesters dragged concrete slabs, garbage and even a bathtub into the road. Retired professor Lisbeth Colina said she decided to participate in the sit-in for her grandchildren.