Opposition protesters say they have adhered to Capriles' exhortations to remain peaceful in their protests. Capriles Wednesday called off a rally after fears of violence, and both sides have urged their supporters to remain peaceful, while accusing the other side of fomenting unrest.
Not all protesters initially favored the opposition. Pía Páez, 27, is a singer who lives in Mérida and who attended protests this week.
She said she had previously had not considered herself a political person, and fell on neither the right nor left side of the political spectrum. However she has since taken to the streets. And with a 30-day audit count ahead, Venezuela's future looks increasingly uncertain, with at least one side having no plans to back down.
"I disagree with this government and the way it acted," she said.
"I am a person of values and, in this election, these values are being ignored."