Violence has erupted between police and masked anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela.

Effigies of President Nicolas Maduro burned on the streets of the capital. Protesters threw petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.

More than 40 people – on both sides of the conflict – have been killed in violent protests since February.

An anti-government protester fires a home-made mortar towards police
An anti-government protester fires a home-made mortar towards policeReuters
Fireworks explode around members of the national police
Fireworks explode around members of the national policeAFP
A member of the national police fires tear gas towards anti-government protesters
A member of the national police fires tear gas towards anti-government protestersReuters
Police operate a water cannon shooting jets of water towards a barricade
Police operate a water cannon shooting jets of water towards a barricadeReuters
An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is surrounded by flames from Molotov cocktails thrown at a water cannon
An anti-government protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is surrounded by flames from Molotov cocktails thrown at a water cannonReuters
Protester Isabel Loaiza lies on the ground after being hit by an SUV during an anti-government protest in El Cafetal in Caracas
Protester Isabel Loaiza lies on the ground after being hit by an SUV during an anti-government protest in El Cafetal in CaracasReuters
People stand near an SUV that hit anti-government protester Isabel Loaiza
People stand near an SUV that hit anti-government protester Isabel LoaizaReuters
A policeman stands next to the injured driver of an SUV involved in a hit-and-run accident. The vehicle was stopped by protesters who beat the driver up. The driver was subsequently arrested by police
A policeman stands next to the injured driver of an SUV involved in a hit-and-run accident. The vehicle was stopped by protesters who beat the driver up. The driver was subsequently arrested by policeReuters
An anti-government protester, wearing a mask in the colours of the Venezuelan flag, stands at a barricade in Caracas
An anti-government protester, wearing a mask in the colours of the Venezuelan flag, stands at a barricade in CaracasReuters
An anti-government protester, wearing a baseball glove, displays a
An anti-government protester, wearing a baseball glove, displays a "Resistance" tattooReuters
An anti-government protester stands near graffiti during riots in Caracas
An anti-government protester stands near graffiti during riots in CaracasReuters
Anti-government protesters jump on a Banco de Venezuela sign after pulling it down
Anti-government protesters jump on a Banco de Venezuela sign after pulling it downAFP
Police detain an anti-government protester
Police detain an anti-government protesterReuters
Anti-government protesters burn an effigy depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
Anti-government protesters burn an effigy depicting Venezuela's President Nicolas MaduroReuters