Venezuelans of every age, class and profession poured into the streets of the capital on Wednesday 30th January to demand that President Nicolas Maduro step down and to express their support for the young opposition leader who has declared himself interim president, according to AP.
Dressed in suits, scrubs, and jeans, they waved the national flag, displayed signs, and chanted slogans. One disgusted vendor threw devalued national currency into the air.
Protesters who made an appearance were heeding a call from opposition leader Juan Guaido to stage mass demonstrations despite crackdowns on previous protests.
Marching outside an office building on the eastern side of the city, Evelyn Melendez carried a red-and-white sign that read, "No more dictatorship," and sang songs opposing Maduro.
Melendez said she lives in a working-class neighbourhood at the opposite end of the city, but she is too afraid to protest near her home, because in her neighbourhood she has already been beaten up by government supporters for canvassing for an opposition party.