A protester's dog wears sunglasses as it lies on the ground at the Gezi park of Taksim square in Istanbul. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP
Pakistan fans are pictured in the crowd during the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match against South Africa at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, England. Philip Brown/Reuters
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (r.) is escorted into a courthouse at Fort Mead, Md., for the fourth day of his court martial. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison. Cliff Owen/AP
US Army Sgt. Wilson Caro of Maspeth, Queens surprises his daughter Ciara on the field before a baseball game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Citi Field in New York, June 8, 2013. Sgt. Caro arrived home from Afghanistan and the Mets helped set up the surprise for Ciara. Paul J. Bereswill/AP
A woman carries a bag of painting canvas at Ueno park in Tokyo. Junji Kurokawa/AP
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, an Expedition 36 flight engineer aboard the International Space Station, uses a 400mm lens on a digital still camera to photograph a target of opportunity on Earth some 250 miles below him. NASA/Reuters
Lightning flashes during a thunderstorm over Monterrey, June 9, 2013. Daniel Becerril/Reuters
A partially submerged billboard on a tramstop is seen on the flooded embankments of the Danube River in Budapest. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
A police officer reacts as he walks past the white-gray plaster and perlite creations that look like toilets outside of the gate of Cyprus central bank building in Nicosia. That’s 49-year-old Andreas Efstathiou’s vision of Cyprus’ tanking economy which he says he felt compelled to put on display. Petros Karadjias/AP
Lions rest inside an enclosure after a raid at a zoo-like house on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Thai police and forestry officials searched and seized a number of imported and endangered animals including 14 lions from Africa and arrested the house's owner. Apichart Weerawong/AP
Glenn Greenwald (r.) a reporter for The Guardian newspaper, speaks to media at a hotel in Hong Kong. Greenwald spoke about his interview with Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor who allowed himself to be revealed as the source of disclosures about the US government's secret surveillance programs. Vincent Yu/AP
A child touches the boots of a Turkish soldier guarding the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara, Turkey. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A pair of slippers is seen at an algae-filled coastline in Qingdao, Shandong province, China,June 9, 2013. China Daily/Reuters
A competitor performs at the Moto Mega Ramp competition during the 2013 X-Games at Jiangwan Stadium in Shanghai. Carlos Barria/Reuters
People visit the Luminarium, an inflatable sculpture of British artist Alan Parkinson, before its opening on the ground of the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Piglets eat from a trough at the 1782 Settlement Farm in Middlesex, Vt. Toby Talbot/AP
Miami Heat LeBron James (6) goes to the basket past San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami, Florida. Larry W. Smith/Reuters
Khudaidad Mohmand, 28, an Afghan man, performs ablution for prayers in the Kabul River as the sun sets on the outskirts of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Rahmat Gul/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.