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Buoyed by Lopez release, Venezuela opposition rallies for 100th day

Sunday, July 09, 2017 - 01:19

With the release of a major Venezuelan opposition leader from jail, anti-government protesters gather in the streets to rally against President Nicolas Maduro. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With renewed vigor after the release from jail of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuelans are flooding the streets of Caracas Sunday, marking the 100th straight day of protest against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. Lopez was granted house arrest on Saturday after three years in jail, with the Supreme Court citing irregularities in his case and his health for the release. His supporters say it's is a small break for those fighting for change. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SUPPORTER FROM "POPULAR WILL" PARTY, LUIS SALAZAR, SAYING: This man says, "It will continue to encourage the young people to stay in the street, sacrificing their limbs for our country and to be free of the corruption we have today." Four years of brutal recession have underpinned the protests, as millions suffer food shortages, runaway inflation and long shopping lines. Maduro blames an economic war against him by the opposition and the U.S. He hopes to change the situation with a July 30th vote to create a new political body to rewrite the constitution and dismiss the current opposition-controlled legislature.

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Buoyed by Lopez release, Venezuela opposition rallies for 100th day

Sunday, July 09, 2017 - 01:19