Hamas Mohammed looks on as she prays with female anti-government protestors during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Men and women in traditional dresses ride through fields to get a blessing for men and beasts at St. George Church near Traunstein, southern Germany, on Monday. The procession has been held for 300 years on Easter Monday. Matthias Schrader/AP
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members search for missing people in their third major recovery operation since the March 11 earthquake in Shichigahamamachi, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday. Hiro Komae/AP
Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes throw a bucket of water at a girl as part of traditional Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, Slovakia, Monday. Girls are doused with water and whipped in a custom believed to ensure a woman's fertility and beauty. Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters
A man tries his ride on a rodeo bull-riding machine in a hotel where a press conference is held to announce upcoming rodeo performances in Beijing, China, Monday. American cowboys will perform rodeo games at China's National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing in October 2011. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
A demonstrator carries a pink Union flag outside Buckingham Palace during a protest against Britain's gay marriage ban, in London, Monday. Paul Hacket/Reuters
A woman carrying baskets loaded with recyclable materials walks on a street in Hanoi, Monday. Kham/Reuters
Participants Julianna Bird (l) and Rachel Mitchem take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington, Monday. Jim Young/Reuters
American Berhanie Mattek-Sands eyes the ball as she plays a point against Romania's Monica Niculescu, during their first round match at the Estoril Open tennis tournament Monday in Portugal. Francisco Seco/AP
John Daly, Jr. (l), watches his father John hit a shot on the first hole during the pro-am round of the Zurich Classic PGA Tour golf tournament in Avondale, La., Monday. The first round of tournament play begins Thursday. Patrick Semansky/AP
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva (second l.), applauds with former presidents Mario Soares (l.), Jorge Sampaio (r.), and Antonio Ramalho Eanes (second r.) during a ceremony celebrating the anniversary of the 1974 revolution at the Belem presidential palace in Lisbon. The April 25, 1974 leftist military coup, also known as the Revolution of the Carnations, restored democracy in Portugal after nearly half a century of dictatorship. Armando Franca/AP
A novice monk gets his head shaved by a Buddhist monk during a ceremony to celebrate the upcoming birthday of Buddha at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea. Novice monks entered the temple to experience life as monks for about three weeks every year before Buddha's birthday which falls on May 10 this year. Truth Leem/Reuters
A workers restores a 19th-century statue inside the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Russia's iconic theater has been closed for reconstruction since 2005, spawning accusations of embezzlement and fraud. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Lead vocalist of American rock band Maroon 5 Adam Levine performs at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of their tour in support of their album 'Hands All Over' in Singapore. Wong Maye-/AP
Activists light candles to display a nuclear radiation warning sign during an anti-nuclear rally in Vienna on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown. Heinz-Peter Bader/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.