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Venezuela: Jailed opposition leader goes on hunger strike, calls for protest

  • Leopoldo Lopez, the jailed Venezuelan opposition leader, has gone on a hunger strike and called for a protest rally against the Nicolás Maduro government.

    Lopez, 44, was jailed over a year ago for his alleged role in instigating protests against President Maduro. The street protests had led to violence, killing more than 40 people and injuring hundreds.

    In a video message posted on social media by his wife, Lopez said he and Daniel Ceballos, another jailed politician, were demanding “freedom of political prisoners.”

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