Protests against the Venezuelan government left at least three people dead and dozens injured, prompting President Nicolas Maduro to declare he would not fall as he ordered a clamp-down in cities across the country.

Thousands of students accompanied by opposition leaders marched through the capital Caracas and other cities on Wednesday, demonstrating over poor security, inflation and a lack of basic commodities, in a further escalation of university protests that took place two weeks ago.

At least 80 people were detained as rival protests exploded into violence.

“There will be no coup d’etat in Venezuela; you can rest assured. Democracy will continue, and the revolution will continue,” Mr. Maduro said on television. — AFP