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Friday, 6 December, 2002, 12:45 GMT
In pictures: Venezuela strike intensifies
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has vowed to break a crippling week-long general strike hitting the country's vital oil industry. Meanwhile, supporters and opponents of the president have been confronting each other on the streets.

Opposition protesters/oil tanker Pilin Leon moored in Maracaibo Lake
Tanker crews have joined the striking opposition protesters

Woman prays near site where demonstrator was killed in Caracas shooting/President Chavez addresses media (AP photos)
A woman prays for a victim of the Caracas shootings, as President Chavez denies any role in them

Police detain suspected Chavez supporter
Opponents and supporters of President Chavez clashed in Caracas

Suspected gunman is arrested by police
There were six arrests after gunmen shot dead three demonstrators in Caracas

People take cover during shooting incident in Caracas (AP photo)
The Friday night shooting spread panic at the opposition rally in Altamira Plaza

People take cover during shooting incident in Caracas
Violence erupted in Caracas just after opposition leaders said they would extend the strike

Soldiers look on as a street vendor holds pictures of President Hugo Chavez
Some demonstrators are out in support of the president


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