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Venezuela seized GM's plant amid protests targeting Nicolas Maduro's governmentby Circa News
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The "mother of all marches" in Venezuela led to two people being shot and killed by police and pro-government militias on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets to oppose the regime of President Nicolas Maduro after the nation's Supreme Court stripped power from the opposition-controlled congress. That move was later undone, but citizens' anger did not subside.

Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The death toll for the protests is now at seven.

WATCH | Here's a look at the chaotic scene of the protests.

" [GM] strongly rejects the arbitrary measures taken by the authorities and will vigorously take all legal actions ... to defend its rights."

GM statement

General Motors said it would shut down operations in Venezuela after its plant was seized by the government, CNN Money reports. The company said the government took cars and other assets. It has operated in Venezuela for nearly 70 years, employing almost 2,700 workers. 

"This was supposed to be a happy moment but instead I came home to see my brother die."

Melvin Sojo, spokesman for family of Carlos Romero

Protest organizers have called for another day of protests to follow up the march. In addition to the political battle, Venezuela has been wracked by food shortages, crime and massive inflation after an economic recession. Maduro has insisted that an attempted coup is underway in attempts to justify the use of the military and arming civilian militias.

Biggest protests so far this year and from U.S. history

The Associated Press contributed to this report.