By Girish Gupta

CARACAS Sun Mar 2, 2014 9:16pm GMT

Anti-government protesters hold a national flag during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas March 2, 2014. REUTERS-Jorge Silva
Anti-government protesters take part in rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas March 2, 2014. REUTERS-Tomas Bravo
Anti-government protesters hold crucifixes with names of victims of violence during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas March 2, 2014. REUTERS-Tomas Bravo

1 of 4. Anti-government protesters hold a national flag during a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro government in Caracas March 2, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Jorge Silva

(Reuters) – While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.

There are no signs that Maduro, who says the protests are part of a U.S.-backed coup plot, could be ousted in a Ukraine-style overthrow despite widespread discontent with soaring inflation and chronic product shortages.

Government leaders have urged Venezuelans to skip the protests and make their traditional trips to the beach during the Carnival holiday. State television was filled with images of packed beaches and smiling holidaymakers.

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