2014-02-19 08:48:20

Venezuelan opposition leader arrested

(Vatican Radio) A Venezuelan opposition leader has been arrested during an anti-government rally in the Capitol, Caracas. Venezuela's National Guard didn't have to go looking for Leopoldo Lopez. He presented himself to them after giving a speech. He is accused of terrorism and murder, which he denies, insisting he is being made a scapegoat by the Government of President Nicolas Maduro.
The Harvard educated former mayor, made the most of his arrest: Holding a Venezuelan flag in one hand and clutching a white flower in the other. He urged his supporters not to converge on areas of pro-government supporters in order to avoid violent clashes. Protests are continuing and the situation remains highly volatile.

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