Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber (c.) is mobbed by teammates after pitching a perfect baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, in Seattle. The White Sox won 4-0. Elaine Thompson/AP
Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks participate in an anti-corruption march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday. Victor R. Caivano/AP
A couple kiss after a dance during a meeting between men and women at the village of Candeleda, central Spain. 68 women were bussed in to the village to meet with the local men with the hope that some will form relationships and settle in the village where the main population is male. Alberto Di Lolli/AP
Eli Utne, a sophomore at Willamette University, and Myles Fisher, 9, operate a blender with energy generated by a bike at Wulapalooza at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Jocelyn Dewitt/Statesman-Journal/AP
Schenectady firefighter/paramedic Steven Tifft, carries a cat he rescued from a burning home Saturday in Schenectady, N.Y. Peter R. Barber/The Daily Gazette/AP
Lights illuminate the Mexican town of Xalitzintla as the looming Popocatepetl volcano spews ash and steam during an early morning eruption, Saturday. Marco Ugarte/AP
Residents use plastic containers to fetch drinking water from a lake in Yangon, Myanmar. Khin Maung Win/AP
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Cory Luebke tries to wipe the shaving cream from his face delivered by teammate Tim Stauffer after Luebked pitched eight shutout inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in San Diego. Lenny Ignelzi/AP
Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas sprays water on his face during the first period of their 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 5 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Boston Saturday. Winslow Townson/AP
Runners in the half-marathon enter Sugarhouse Park at about the four-mile mark in the Salt Lake City Marathon, Saturday. Scott Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP
Max Zhulenev, 8, of Kirkland (l.) and Christian Jordan, 10, of Edgewood, contemplate their next moves as the join nearly 900 elementary school chess players attending the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship. Paul T. Erickson/Tri-City Herald/AP
Dremiel Byers throws Steve Andrus to the mat during their 120-kilogram freestyle finals match at the US Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, Saturday, in Iowa City. Iowa.Charlie Neibergall/AP
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano is hit by a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Felix Doubront in the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday. Michael Dwyer/AP
A group of people do "the twist" on stage at the Kidz Expo in Chattanooga, Tenn. Saturday, April 21, 2012. Doug Strickland/ Chattanooga Times Free Press/AP
Brian Wigelsworth of Sarasota, Fla., works on some of the details on his sculpture Saturday, during the second day of the Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas, Texas. Michael Zamora/Corpus Christi Caller-Times/AP
France's President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, exit the voting booth with their ballots in the first round of 2012 French presidential election at a polling station in Paris, Sunday. Eric Feferberg/Reuters
A Kashmiri potter makes earthen pots at his home on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Sunday. April 22 is observed as Earth Day every year as a tool to raise ecological awareness. Mukhtar Khan/AP
Vera Bazarova and Yuriy Larionov of Russia perform during a Gala exhibition at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating in Tokyo Sunday. Photo/Itsuo Inouye/AP
Members of the Sabean Mandaeans, a pre-Christian sect that follows the teachings of John the Baptist, take part in a bathing ritual for Yahya Sadiq, 4, on the Tigris river in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday. Karim Kadim/AP
Runners participate in the Madrid marathon, Sunday. Paul Hanna/Reuters
A man sits inside a protest camp during the third day of protests in support of Egyptian Muslim cleric and former candidate for the Egyptian presidency Hazem Abu Ismail at Tahrir Square, Cairo, Sunday. Fredrik Persson/AP
Riot police approach Bahraini anti-government protesters Sunday. Security forces in Bahrain set up checkpoints and stationed armored vehicles in anti-government strongholds Sunday to confront possible protests coinciding with the Gulf nation's Formula One Grand Prix. Hasan Jamali/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.