On April 12, a 'red shirt' protester takes a photo of where a bullet hit the windshield of a vehicle during clashes on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. Eric Gaillard/Retuers
Afghan refugee children read verses of the Koran during a daily class at a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on April 12. Vincent Thian/AP
Members of the South Korean military take part in a wreath-laying ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War on April 12 at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Cliff Owen/AP
Ships line up to enter the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 12. Manish Swarup/AP
A Sudanese voter casts her ballot at a polling station in the town of Malakal in Upper Nile State, Sudan, on April 12. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
A soldier stands guard near a sea of candles in front of the Presidential Palace two days after Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash over western Russia on Saturday. The president's plane, with his wife and some of Poland's military and civilian leaders on board, crashed when it came in for a landing during thick fog. Markus Schreiber/AP
Folk artists perform a bhangra, a traditional dance, as they return from a wheat field during Baisakhi celebrations in Ajnala, India, on April 12. Baisakhi, a harvest festival celebrated in the Punjab region, also marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year. Altaf Qadri/AP
Indian laborers load coal into a truck near Manguli Chhak in the Cuttack district of Orissa, India, on April 12. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
A woman lays a flower during a ceremony titled 'Unto Every Person There is a Name,' in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on April 12. Israel marked the annual memorial day commemorating the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War II. Baz Ratner/Reuters
A cloud of smoky water billows from the top of a tower of metal ore at a volcanic vent more than three miles beneath the surface of the Caribbean. The vent, located in the Cayman Trough, is the deepest ever discovered, a British scientific expedition says. National Oceanography Center/AP
A roadside memorial honors the 29 miners who died in the explosion at Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., on April 12. Amy Sancetta/AP
Supporters attend a tea party rally in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 12. David Duprey/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.