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Venezuelans Protest Infinite Re-election

Tens of thousand of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas Saturday to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Hugo Chavez and other officials indefinite re-election, the BBC reports.

The amendment, proposed by Chavez, would allow him to finish the work he has began in the country socialist revolutions, supporters said.

The amendment will be put to a referendum Feb. 15. Polls show that support for the bill is leading by a slight margin.

The protest was lead by opposition political parties and anti-government students, Reuters reports.

BBC's Will Grant said the protests show there is strong opposition to the amendment proposed by Chavez.

A similar amendment failed to pass the referendum in 2007.

If this referendum fails to pass Chavez will leave office in 2012.