Hundreds of thousands took part in protests in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas Thursday, calling for an end to the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Demanding a recall referendum, the protesters chanted “This government will fall,” according to a Thursday report by Reuters.
At least 1 million people were estimated to have taken part in the protests by the Democratic Unity coalition, Venezuela’s opposition party.
“We are going to bring down Maduro!” Naty Gutierrez, a 53-year-old protester, was quoted as saying at the rally.
At a smaller rally of supporters, Maduro, the successor to late president Hugo Chavez, remained defiant.
“Today we’ve defeated a coup attempt that sought to fill Venezuela and Caracas with violence and death,” Maduro said at the event. “We’re still looking for several criminals that paid to massacre the people.”