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Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 18:30 GMT
In pictures: Venezuela on strike
An ongoing general strike against Venezuela's leftist president is bringing the oil-rich state's economy to a halt but Hugo Chavez shows no sign of meeting opposition demands.

A couple pass the oil tanker Morichal at anchor on Lake Maracaibo
Oil tankers have dropped anchor since their crews joined the strike which began on Monday.

Customers in a Caracas restaurant watch a televised speech by Mr Chavez on Thursday
President Chavez has pledged to use the army to keep the oil industry working.

Soldiers guard a petrol station in Maracaibo
Troops are out on force to obey the orders of their ex-paratrooper president.

Protesters carry the national flag through Caracas on Wednesday
Opposition supporters have taken to the streets to demand the removal of the Chavez government.

Protester pressurises Caracas coffee-seller to shut down
Shops have been under pressure to support the strike which has the support of many business people.

Protester remonstrates with soldier in Caracas on Tuesday
Tension surged on Tuesday as the security forces used tear gas against protesters.

Army conductor leads salsa band at Caracas street market
Troops have set up their own markets, complete with army salsa bands, to keep supplies circulating during the strike.


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