A picketer speaks to a riot policeman at the entrance to the Corte Ingles department store during a nationwide general strike in Malaga, Spain, on Wednesday. Jon Nazca/Reuters
A camp set up for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake is seen here Wednesday on what used to be an air strip in Port-au-Prince, Hait. Ramon Espinosa/AP
Europe's golf team caddies and players Martin Kaymer (3rd l.), Graeme McDowell (3rd r.), Luke Donald (2nd r.), and Rory McIlroy's caddy John-Paul Fitzgerald (rear) wear curly wigs similar to Rory McIlroy's hair (center front), as a lighthearted joke during a practice round at the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, on Wednesday. Jon Super/AP
A Langur monkey drinks water while sitting on a fence outside Talkatora stadium, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. While 100,000 security guards have been deployed to counter potential threats from militants, authorities here have turned to rented langurs to thwart any monkey threat to the Commonwealth Games starting on Sunday. Amit Dave/Reuters
People stand next to a damaged house after a landslide in Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec, Mexico, on Wednesday. A mudslide first thought to have buried hundreds of people has left 11 missing and there are no confirmed deaths, authorities said Tuesday night, backing off earlier predictions of a catastrophe in Mexico's rain-soaked southern state of Oaxaca. Miguel Tovar/AP
Specially shaped balloons prepare to launch during the world's largest hot air ballooning event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which will take place from Oct. 2-10 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 500 hot air balloons will fill the skies during the festival. Raymond Watt/PRNewsFoto
Evening sunlight bathes the area as demonstrators march on Wednesday. Spanish workers staged a general strike to protest austerity measures imposed by a government struggling to slash its budget deficit and overcome recession. Victor R. Caivano/AP
Firefighters put out the flames from a burning city police car after protesters set it on fire during a general strike in central Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday. Spanish labor groups, including the two largest unions CCOO and UGT, have called the first general strike in eight years to protest spending cuts the government says are needed to allay concerns the country could slide into a debt crisis that would threaten the unified euro currency. Gustau Nacarino/Reuters
Painter Rene Walter works on the gilding of the statue of Victoria on top of the Victory Column in Berlin, on Wednesday. During the refurbishment works at Berlin's landmark Victory Column, about two and a half pounds of gold leaf will be put on the bronze sculpture of the goddess Victoria, which is about 25-feet-high and weighs about 35 tons. The refurbishment works at the monument are expected to be finished in spring 2011, and the reopening of the viewing platform will be during Easter 2011. Markus Schreiber/AP
Palestinian militants of the Popular Resistance Committee hold their guns during a rally in Gaza City on Wednesday. Khalil Hamra/AP
Photographers take pictures of volunteers of Hindu and Muslim organizations releasing a dove, symbol of peace, ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. The Allahabad High Court is scheduled to rule Thursday in the 60-year-old case on whether the site in the town of Ayodhya should be given to the Hindu community to build a temple to the god Rama or returned to the Muslim community to rebuild the 16th-century Babri Mosque that was razed by Hindu hard-liners in 1992. Rajanish Kakade/AP
Amber Neben of the United States races down a small hill during the women's elite time trial of the World Road Cycling Championships, in Geelong, Australia, on Wednesday. Rob Griffith/AP
Syracuse firefighters battle a fire at the former Marsellus Casket Co. building in Syracuse, N.Y., early Wednesday. Because of the damage from the fire, the building will be demolished. Dick Blume/The Post Standard/AP
Barcelona's Carles Puyol (r.) and Rubin Kazan's Gokdeniz Karadeniz struggle for the ball during their Champions League Group D soccer match in Kazan, Russia, on Wednesday. Ivan Sekretarev/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.