El Nacional, September 2

"Massive, without fear and in peace" reads Friday morning's front-page headline of Venezuelan daily El Nacional, after one of the largest protests to date against President Nicolas Maduro's reign.

Tens of thousands of chanting protesters marched Thursday through the streets of Caracas demanding a vote on recalling Maduro.

In recent years, hunger and shortages have grown as the economy of this oil-rich country has sharply contracted, undermining the popularity of Maduro, who was elected in 2013 after the death of Hugo Chavez.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in the days leading up to the protest, the government arrested several prominent opposition activists, and barred at least six foreign journalists from entering the country. Fearing violence, downtown shops were closed, and police in yellow vests took up positions around the city during the march. Still the rally turned out to be largely peaceful.

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