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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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Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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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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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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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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The New Venezuela: An Interview With Supreme Court Justice Fernando Vegas

Judge Fernando Ramón Vegas Torrealba, the First Vice President of Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and President of the Electoral Hall of the Supreme Court, was an honored guest at the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Chicago this past weekend. I was able to interview him while he was there about the current situation in Venezuela.

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Venezuela at a Tipping Point

Venezuelan street art in Caracas by Guerrilla Comunicacional proclaims, “Bolivar

No matter how you cut it, Nicolás Maduro’s first year in office was no walk in the park. Even before the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died after a long bout with cancer last March, opponents of the Bolivarian government—in Caracas as in Washington—were circling like the sharks they are at a hint of blood in the water.

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Venezuelan Biometric System Sees Positive Results amid Opposition Boycott

A biometric scanner. (quepasa.com)

Now installed in 11 major supermarket chains nationwide, the biometric system initiated by the Venezuelan government to combat scarcity has produced immediate results. 

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