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Venezuelans March as Guaido and Maduro Vie for Legitimacy

  • Protests show crisis deepening as both men clamor for support
  • Maduro defiantly challenges parliament to hold early election
Demonstrators gather in the streets in Caracas on Feb. 2.
Demonstrators gather in the streets in Caracas on Feb. 2.Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg
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Venezuelans marched in dueling protests Saturday, with the two men who claim to be the divided nation’s president each exhorting followers to hold firm and that victory was certain.

But only one man will prevail, and the unusual split-screen rallies offered no decisive hints, just more proof that Venezuela’s crisis is digging ever deeper and that the nation’s powerful military remains a key to the solution. The authoritarian president Nicolas Maduro attracted a larger crowd than expected, a show of force apparently aimed at suggesting he retains wide support.