Fresh Venezuela clashes as Maduro seeks help in Cuba Apr 11, 2017 0 772 12345 AFPCARACASVENEZUELA erupted into the fifth day of violent protests in a week Monday, as President Nicolas Maduro travelled to Cuba seeking support from fellow leftist leaders at a regional gathering.Riot police in Caracas fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators, whose leaders vowed not to let up the pressure on Maduro."This is a battle of resistance. We will see who gets tired first: us of fighting, or them of repressing us,"said the deputy speaker of the opposition-majority congress, Freddy Guevara.Several hundred demonstrators gathered in eastern Caracas for the protest march, whose destination was not announced.Previous attempts to march on the city center have triggered clashes with the security forces.The streets of Caracas and several other cities have been the scene of running clashes in recent days, with police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon as demonstrators hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails.One protester was killed on Thursday. Dozens of were wounded or arrested.Maduro is fighting efforts to force him from power over an economic crisis marked by severe shortages and the world's highest inflation.His popularity, already pummeled by the three-year recession, sank further last week when he and his allies sought to tighten their grip with two Supreme Court rulings that stripped the legislature's power.The court later reversed the rulings amid an outcry. But the crisis only deepened Friday when authorities banned senior opposition figure Henrique Capriles from holding public office.