A Holocaust survivor walks through Auschwitz before a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps and to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day to remember those who died during the Nazi-organized genocide during WWII. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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A Hindu holy man participates in a community feast at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the annual traditional fair 'Magh Mela' in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during this astronomically auspicious period. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
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Members of the Tunisian parliament celebrate after approving the country's new constitution in the assembly building in Tunis Sunday. Tunisia's national assembly approved the country's new constitution in one of the final steps to full democracy three years after protests erupted into an uprising that toppled autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters
Two visitors walk inside the snow-covered Holocaust Memorial during International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Berlin. Markus Schreiber/AP
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Visitors walk through the medals plaza while the Olympic torch is tested before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. David J. Phillip/AP
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A woman prays at a Buddhist temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Buddhists constitute more than 60 percent of Sri Lanka's population. Eranga Jayawardena/AP
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Protesters march in central Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine's justice minister is threatening to call for a state of emergency unless protesters leave her ministry building, which they occupied during the night. Sergei Grits/AP
People take a walk during a snowfall in Berlin. Tobias Schwarz/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.