Jacobite Highlander reenactors charge towards photographers during a media event for the forthcoming Battle of Prestonpans reenactment, in Prestonpans, Scotland, on Tuesday. The battle took place in 1745 where Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) and his army of Jacobite Highlanders defeated the British government troops led by Sir John Cope. David Moir/Reuters
Pakistani men displaced by floods participate in a "tug-of-war" game outside their camps in Sukkur, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Aaron Favila/AP
A Greenpeace campaigner unfurls a banner while climbing up the anchor of the Stena Carron, Chevron's drill ship, off the Shetland Islands on Tuesday. The activists climbed up the ship in an attempt to stop the vessel from leaving to start deep water drilling for oil off the islands. Will Rose/Greenpeace/Reuters
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of Hyundai Motor Co's first plant in Russia outside St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. The plant will produce a small sedan optimized for the local market and have a capacity of 150,000 cars a year. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP
A visitor poses with a sculpture at the 798 Art Zone, which houses an artist community in Beijing on Tuesday. Petar Kujundzic/Reuters
A model wears a creation by designer Alma Aguilar at the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 show in Madrid on Tuesday. Andrea Comas/Reuters
A participant lands in the water during the China Birdman contest in the southern Chinese city of Jiangmen on Tuesday. Growing numbers of students are flocking to the Birdman contest, launching themselves off a 30-foot cliff to test their engineering skills and homemade flying machines. Bobby Yip/Reuters
Participants maneuver a "fire dragon" made of straw and covered with incense sticks during mid-autumn festival celebrations at Hong Kong's Tai Hang district on Tuesday. Tyrone Siu/Reuters
Vehicles wade through floodwaters in central Seoul on Tuesday. About four inches of water fell in an hour there. Kim Seung-doo/Yonhap/AP
Siblings Bastian (l.) and Marion Gallardo, grandchildren of trapped miner Mario Gomez, play with a dog outside the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, on Tuesday. Thirty-three miners have been trapped deep underground in the copper and gold mine since it collapsed on Aug. 5. Aliosha Marquez/AP
Pro-Tibet demonstrator Lobsang Palden (r.), sticks his head through a banner while protesting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the United Nations on Tuesday in New York City. David Goldman/AP
Cattle graze on a slightly fog-covered meadow in Kirchberg, Austria, on Sept. 21. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A visitor studies an exhibit by photographer Manuel Pandalis, at the Photokina imaging fair in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday. The world's leading photo fair keeps its doors open until Sept. 26, with about 1,250 exhibitors from 45 countries. Martin Meissner/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.