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Venezuelan Judge Sentences Leopoldo Lopez for Role in 2014 Violence

Leopoldo Lopez (C) speaking at the launching of his destabilization campaign dubbed "The Exit." The stand reads "

A Venezuelan judge sentenced far right opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to 13 years and nine months in prison Thursday evening for his role in leading last year’s violent anti-government protests.

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UPDATED: Venezuela: Tensions Increase, 1 Death Reported, as Lopez Verdict Due

National Guard outside the Justice Palace. (teleSUR)

As Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez awaits sentencing Thursday for his alleged role in last year's rightwing violence, a provocative video released by him and his wife has made rounds on social media. 

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OAS Court "Exceeds Its Jurisdiction" in Venezuela RCTV Case, Analysts Say

RCTV logo (wikipedia commons)

The Inter-American Human Rights Court, which forms part of the Organization of American States (OAS) human rights system in the hemisphere, published Monday its sentence that found that Venezuela had “violated freedom of expression” when it decided not to renew the over-the-air broadcast license of RCTV in 2007.

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Jailed Ex-Mayor Granted House Arrest amid Fracturing Opposition

Hard right opposition leader Daniel Ceballos (archive)

Daniel Ceballos, a former mayor of the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, was granted house arrest yesterday due to health issues. The announcement comes amid fresh schisms in the opposition electoral coalition. 


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New Parliamentarian Candidates Announced in Venezuela Amid Controversy

Ricardo Sanchez once formed part of the opposition party Un Nuevo Tiempo (A New Time), made popular by Maria Corina Machado. (Ph

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that a former political opponent and two former opposition activists would appear on the ballot of the socialist alliance, the Great Patriotic Pole, for the December 6th National Assembly elections. The move coincides with the controversial barring of the Trotskyiest group Marea Socialista from fielding its own candidate list as well as fresh divisions within the opposition coalition following the expulsion of the Christian Democratic Copei. 


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New Poll: 52% of Venezuelans Say Opposition Lacks Plan for the Nation

The logo of the main Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity. (MUD)

A new study by the independent, Caracas-based polling firm Hinterlaces has determined that 52% of Venezuelans believe the anti-chavista opposition has no "plan for the nation."

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Maria Corina Machado Barred from Public Office for Failing to Disclose Income


Venezuelan far right leader Maria Corina Machado has been barred from holding public office for twelve months after she neglected to disclose the full extent of her earnings during her term as a congresswoman.

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Two Prisoners Arrested During 2014 Barricades Released

Resplandor (left) and Morillo (right) were both released on Tuesday night (archives)

Venezuelan authorities have released prisoners Gerardo Resplandor and Douglas Morillo. Both men were arrested last year for inciting violence during the protests commonly known as the barricades.


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Leopoldo Lopez Ends Hunger Strike in Venezuela

Lopez has attracted extensive corporate media coverage despite lacking popular support (archives)

Jailed far right Venezuelan opposition leader  Leopoldo Lopez ended a thirty day hunger strike today, claiming that the country’s National Electoral Council (CNE) had met one of his demands in fixing the date of parliamentary elections this December.

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Opposition March Marred by Poor Turnout and Embarrassing Blunders

JAVU activists attending Saturday’s march (Ultimas Noticias)

Around three thousand opposition supporters are reported to have taken to the streets on Saturday in response to calls by jailed politician, Leopoldo Lopez, to march against the Venezuelan government. 

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Hunger Strike Confirmed as Opposition Fragments

Leopoldo Lopez (far left) and Henrique Capriles Radonski (right) pictured together. Lopez finds himself increasingly isolated fr

Venezuela's chief ombudsman Tarek William Saab confirmed yesterday that jailed far right politicians Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos have refused to eat since Monday as part of a planned hunger strike announced on Saturday. 

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Lopez Not on Hunger Strike, Video Tied to Plan to Bring Down Government

Leopoldo Lopez released the video on Saturday night (screen shot/Leopoldo Lopez)

Venezuela’s chief ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, has publicly refuted media reports that imprisoned politician Leopoldo Lopez has gone on hunger strike. A leaked conversation featuring Lopez has also revealed the strike to be part of yet another attempt to destabilise the Bolivarian government. 

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Bolivarian National Guard Vehicle Burnt by Hooded Militants in Tachira State

Arson attacks are one of the most common tactics employed by anti-government groups (Twitter)
Three Bolivarian National Guards were injured in the attack, which took place on the campus of the National Experimental University of Tachira (UNET) on Wednesday. 

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Opposition Primaries Plagued by High Abstention as Party Elites Sow Divisions

The MUD primary saw high rates of abstention following an elitist selection process (Lapatilla)

Amid notably low turnout, Venezuelan opposition voters went to the polls over the weekend to choose 42 parliamentary candidates for the country’s rightwing Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition in the run-up to National Assembly elections later this year. 

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Operation Jericho Airforce Officials Sentenced to 4-8 Years

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladmir Padrino Lopez announces the sentencing of 8 airforce officials implicated in last year'

Eight Venezuelan military officials charged with involvement in last year’s infamous “Operation Jericho” plot against President Nicolas Maduro have been sentenced by a military court to between four and eight years in prison.


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