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The real photos from Venezuela's protests are very disturbing
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Thousands have taken to the streets in Venezuela in recent weeks to voice their discontent with President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

The protesters have been heavily reliant on social media, with the country going through the "worst media blackout in our history right now," according to Lorena Di Cecilia, chief of operations at Digital Monitoring, a Caracas-based media watchdog.

Unfortunately, some of the most memorable photos to come out of the protests aren't even real.

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Some are from other protests in other countries, while others were taken years earlier.

But these photos are very real. And deeply unsettling.

Here are 10 pictures that show what's really been going on in Venezuela.

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A member of the National Police clashes with anti-government protesters in Caracas.

(LEO RAMIREZ - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators throw stones at riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators throw tear gas bombs back at riot policemen during an anti-government protest in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man attends a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Vargas, 34, is assisted after he was injured during clashes between protesters and the National Guard in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela.

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Demonstrators pull a container to use it as a roadblock during a protest in San Cristobal.

(LUIS ROBAYO - AFP/Getty Images)
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Venezuelan demonstrators guard a street blocked with barricades in San Cristobal, capital of the western border state of Tachira, Venezuela.

(LUIS ROBAYO - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators raise their hands as they protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A demonstrator prepares to throw an incendiary device during protests in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators wear Guy Fawkes masks during protests in Caracas.

(RAUL ARBOLEDA - AFP/Getty Images)
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The protesters were given 48 hours on Wednesday to leave the occupied building. They wait as the deadline approaches.