Venezuelan protesters -- now known as "The Resistance" -- continued their secretive efforts with more caution after an overnight raid at an apartment building complex in Caracas.
An armored truck plowed through a metal gate. Dozens of heavily armed men, dressed all in black and with their faces covered, forced their way into five residential buildings in Los Verdes and searched every corner.
Some two dozen residents of Los Verdes stand accused of being involved in an attack on a Venezuelan National Guard captain and three sergeants, according to Nestor Reverol, Venezuela's interior minister.
"We were surrounded and they were spreading terror," said Beatriz Rachadel, a resident at the complex.
When the protests began after the Supreme Court ruled to weaken the democratically elected congress, protesters were unprepared for the repression. Now "The Resistance" facing Maduro's riot troops wear home made and donated protective gear.
Some carry shields and wear helmets, gas masks, chest protectors, leg guards and shin guards to the streets. They are armed with slingshots and add nails to wooden clubs to defend themselves. They have delegated tasks. The more agile ones deal with the flying tear-gas canisters.
Medical students continue to volunteer to treat the wounded. Law school students rush to document human rights violations. With 20 percent unemployment, some of the professionals who are unable to leave the country are joining in.
Maduro refers to them as "terrorists." Authorities have arrested at least 3,000 linked to the protests. If found guilty of crimes in military tribunals, some student organizers could face decades in prison. But the rabble-rousers' anger and frustration follows hunger and desperation.
The opposition managed to win the majority of seats in the National Assembly mostly due to the country's triple-digit inflation and high crime rate. When the Supreme Court moved to strip the Assembly of its last powers, there was international outrage and the justices reversed the decision.
Maduro's response was to push to rewrite the nation’s constitution, which his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, had changed before his death. He is not yielding to pressure to hold elections and his opposition fears the move is meant to get rid of the electoral calendar.
Henrique Capriles, a prominent opposition leader, worries about Maduro's move to continue to militarize law enforcement in Venezuela. He told Reuters that Maduro bought 150 armored vehicles from China North Industries Group, also known as Norinco, to continue his repression in Caracas.
Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition leader, remains in prison, but his efforts to crack Maduro's socialist regime continue. On Sunday, he managed to tweet a message trying to prompt dissent in the military. It was recorded in his prison cell.
"You have the right and duty to rebel," Lopez said.