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Venezuelan Government Recalls Ambassador to Spain, Leopoldo Lopez Skips Out on Court Date

Spanish president Mariano Rajoy meets with Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez. (Mariano Rajoy- Facebook)

On Tuesday the Venezuelan Foreign Office announced the government’s decision to recall their ambassador to Spain, Mario Isea Bohórquez, for consultations. A hardline opposition leader, currently imprisoned and facing charges of inciting violence, refused to attend his own trial yesterday in in an attempt to pressure the government to respond to a United Nations request for his immediate release.

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Venezuelan Communist Youth Group Attacked, Right Wingers Blamed

Building that serves as headquarters for the Communist youth organization in Caracas. Note burn marks left by the bomb. (Photo:

Members of the Communist Youth of Venezuela (JCV) had just finished publicity work at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 21 when incendiary devices, launched from different points, struck the façade of their headquarters building in Caracas

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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders in Foreign Lobbying, Government Clashes with UN Commissioner

Henrique Capriles (left) and Julio Borges (archive)

Several opposition figures, including former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, are currently engaged in networking and lobbying trips in the U.S. and Europe. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government has clashed with a UN human rights official over the demand to release jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

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Thousands of Venezuelan Youth March to Demand End to “Terrorism”

A youth participant in Saturday's march against terrorism and for peace stands among thousands of participants and a photo

On Saturday thousands of Venezuelan youth and government supporters participated in a march against terrorism and for peace.  The youth march was organized in response to the assassination of 27-year old lawmaker and Chavista leader Robert Serra, who was murdered along with his partner Maria Herrera in their home earlier this month. 

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Venezuela’s Maduro: Colombian Paramilitary Devised Serra Assassination, All Killers Identified

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, during his speech, in the Miraflores Palace. (Photo: AVN)

All eight men who participated in the murder of pro-government lawmaker Robert Serra have been identified, said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a press conference last night.

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Venezuelan Government Rejects UN Body’s Opinion of Lopez Case

On Friday, Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez responded to the statement from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions.

The Venezuelan government has responded to the statement released by a United Nations working group recommending the release of jailed opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez.

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UN Body Recommends Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez was arrested on 18 February, one week after an opposition demonstration descended into deadly clashes and damaged

A United Nations body has recommended that jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez be released, arguing that according to its sources, the hard-line politician’s detention on 18 February was “arbitrary”.

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Fired Political Cartoonist Claims Censorship in Venezuela, Colleagues Weigh In

Rayma Suprani at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 2014. (El Universal)

Political Cartoonist Rayma Suprani, long renowned for drawing scathing critiques of the Venezuelan government and its supporters, was fired last month from Venezuela's largest daily newspaper and leading anti-government news source, El Universal. 

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Hard-line Venezuelan Opposition Launches Signature Drive for Constitutional Assembly

Hard-line groups of the Venezuelan opposition, led by the Popular Will (VP) party of jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez, have laun

Hard-line groups of the Venezuelan opposition, led by jailed politician Leopoldo Lopez’ Popular Will (VP) party, have launched a signature drive in an attempt to convoke a National Constituent Assembly and remove the Bolivarian government from power.

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CNN Former Host to Work with Venezuela's Opposition

Mexican Journalist Fernando del Rincon. (Photo: Correo del Orinoco/Archive)

Mexican journalist Fernando del Rincon, who until yesterday was a host for CNN in Spanish, has been appointed as press director of San Cristobal municipality and advisor of the separatist movements of Tachira in Venezuela, the Tachira governor Jose Vielma Mora posted on Twitter on Saturday.

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Venezuela Terror Plot Links Uribe and Criminality

Alvaro Uribe (Reuters)

Alvaro Uribe was mentioned by Venezuelans planning homeland attacks in leaked video.

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Video Surfaces that Shows Venezuelan Opposition Activists Planning Violence

Opposition activists Lorent Gómez Saleh and Gabriel Valles in a recording of a video conference.

Venezuelan state television, VTV, released a video conference recording Monday night in which Venezuelan opposition activists are shown to be planning terrorist activities against the government of President Maduro.

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Delay in Leopoldo Lopez Trial Causes Unrest in Venezuela and Abroad

Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to the police on February 19, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Friday he will not tolerate any more violence from the opposition, after government buildings were vandalized on Friday in response to the postponement of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's trial.

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Venezuelan Opposition Protestors Dress as KKK

Yesterday's protest in Altamira, Caracas (#VENEZUELA/Twitter)
Far right sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, who have been calling for the "exit" of the elected government, have resumed violent actions and blockades.

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Venezuelan Opposition Maintains Unity Despite Internal Differences

Following closed door meetings earlier this week, MUD parties have announced their intention to maintain the unity of the coalit

The opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) coalition has agreed to remain united and adopt common strategic priorities in the coming period. The development occurs as a hard-line faction of the opposition launches a new initiative which does not include several major MUD parties.

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