Thousands of Venezuelans protest for release of opposition leaders 


May 31, Caracas: Thousands of demonstrators took to Caracas’ streets in Venezuela on Saturday calling for the release of opposition leaders who have been in jail for more than a year.

They include two former mayors, Leopoldo Lopez and Daniel Ceballos, who are being held on charges of inciting anti-government protests last year.

Ceballos and Lopez have been on hunger strikes recently. Former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga also was at Saturday’s rally; on Friday he tried but failed with Colombian ex president Andres Pastrana to get access to Lopez and Ceballos

President Nicolas Maduro has blamed them for the 43 deaths that resulted. Both men started hunger strikes this week in jail.

The protesters were also calling for the release of the former Caracas mayor, Antonio Ledezma.

Smaller demonstrations took place in other cities as well.

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