A horse owner tries to hold a horse with a rope during the 'Feria de Ramos', or Palm Fair, in El Alto, Bolivia, Saturday April 16. Palm Fair, a fair for buying and selling animals, takes place once a year before Easter. Juan Karita/AP
San Benadino National Forest firefighters Troy Nelson,(l) and Ben Carmona put out a hot spot still burning near Possum Kingdom Lake, Saturday, near Mineral Wells, Texas. Some Texas residents returned Saturday to homes and ranches ravaged by wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres across the drought-stricken state. Ron T. Ennis/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram/AP
An Indian army soldier performs a daredevil motorcycle stunt during an army show in Allahabad, India, Saturday. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Camels are seen at Tamboal village market in Al Jazeera,Sudan, Saturday . Camel meat is consumed in Sudan. Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters
Colombia's navy members perform a simulated aquatic rescue over the sea next to a navy base in Covenas, Colombia, Saturday. Pedro Mendoza/AP
Lucky Friday miner, Brad Sala holds his 8 month-old-son Cael during a news conference at Mullan City Hall, Idaho, on Saturday. Rescue teams cleared debris from a collapsed tunnel at a northern Idaho silver mine to find a miner missing more than a mile underground, officials said. Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review/AP
A tornado flattened most of this home in the LaGrange subdivision, Saturday, in Fayetteville, N.C. Homes and businesses were badly damaged by a severe storm system that whipped across North Carolina, bringing flash floods, hail and reports of tornadoes from the western hills to the streets of Raleigh. James Robinson/The Fayetteville Observer/AP
Filipino bikers wear costumes as they join in the 13th Tour of the Fireflies in suburban Pasig, east of Manila, on Sunday. The event aims to promote environmental awareness and also push for bicycle riding as a means to minimize pollution. Aaron Favila/AP
Evacuees from the March 11 tsunami Shinya Yamaguchi with his son Naohiro, 2 months old, pose for a photo next to the blooming cherry blossom near the city hall in the town of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Sunday. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Estudiantes" brotherhood during Palm Sunday at the start of Holy Week in Oviedo, northern Spain, Sunday. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
A Canadian Sphynx waits for her turn during an international cat show in Bucharest, Sunday. Radu Sigheti/Reuters
Pakistani Hindu devotees wait outside the Shri Swaminarayan Mandi Temple in Karachi, Pakistan. while awaiting transport to pay homage to the Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan Sunday. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters
Catholic faithful dressed as Roman soldiers perform in the Palm Sunday procession in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
Competitors run during the Vienna City Marathon, Austria, Sunday. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
Members of the Gruppo Storico Romano (Roman Historical Group), dressed as gladiators, march in Rome, to mark the 2,764th anniversary of the founding of the city, Sunday. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
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.