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Lopez calls for protests to continue despite arrest

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 - 00:59

Feb. 19 - Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez calls on fellow anti-government demonstrators to carry on despite his arrest during a recently released video. Julie Noce reports.

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The party of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez released a video Wednesday shortly after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence against the government. Lopez urged supporters to continue taking action for change. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OPPOSITION LEADER LEOPOLDO LOPEZ SAYING: "Venezuela today, more than ever, needs you, who are watching this, and that each one of us takes on the commitment to want change. But that commitment cannot be passive. That commitment has to be active." Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist who has spearheaded the protest movement, got into an armored vehicle Tuesday after turning himself in. Student-led protests have multiplied this month in the biggest challenge to President Nicolas Maduro since his election last year following socialist leader Hugo Chavez's death. The demonstrators are demanding Maduro's resignation and expressing a litany of complaints from inflation and violent crime to corruption and product shortages.

Lopez calls for protests to continue despite arrest

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 - 00:59

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