Hundreds of Venezuelan police and troops broke up four makeshift camps maintained by student protesters, arresting 243 people Thursday in predawn raids.

The tent cities were installed more than a month ago in front of U.N. offices and in Caracas' better-off neighborhoods to protest President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres presented homemade mortars, guns, and Molotov cocktails that he said were seized at the camps and used for "terrorist" acts.

"This shows there was an entire logistical apparatus in place," Rodriguez Torres said, seeking to counter claims that the antigovernment movement has been peaceful and spontaneous. - AP