Weekend News / World

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

Leopoldo Lopez, one of Venezuela’s main opposition leader is on trial for allegedly inciting violence during anti-government demonstrations earlier this year.

Lopez denies all the charges. Lopez, who is the head of the Popular Will Party, has accused the government of President Nicolas Maduro of jailing Venezuelans for seeking democratic change.

Other opposition activists detained during protests earlier this year have also appeared in court in Caracas.
Opposition leaders seized the moment and called for a big anti-government march in Caracas a few weeks later, on 12 February.

The government urged its supporters to take to the streets on the same day, in a rival march. Three people died in incidents at the end of the marches.

The authorities accused Lopez of inciting violence and encouraging demonstrators to vandalise government buildings.

(Source: BBC World)

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