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Violent protests sweep Caracas, opposition leader surrenders

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 - 01:27

Feb. 18 - Venezuelan security forces arrest opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges of fomenting unrest that has killed at least four people, bringing tens of thousands of angry supporters onto the streets of Caracas. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Tens of thousands of protesters flood the streets of Caracas. The violence is escalating with rival demonstrations. Another student protester died in eastern Venezuela after being hit by a vehicle - the forth fatality in a week. Student-led protests have increased this month, demanding President Nicolas Maduro's resignation. Now, demonstrators are up in arms with the arrest of Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION LEADER, LEOPOLDO LOPEZ, SAYING: "I swear to you we will overcome and very soon we will have a free and democratic Venezuela." That's the speech Lopez gave before turning himself in to security forces. He's being held on charges of inciting unrest against the government. Angry crowds stood in the way of the vehicle carrying him away. Speaking through a megaphone, he said he's complying with procedure and asked demonstrators to clear the way. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER FERNANDO PARACUTE SAYING: "We were there trying to stop them from taking him (Leopoldo Lopez) and they (the government) lied to us. We are tired of the government's lies and the opposition's lies. The people are here, where are the politicians who send us to the streets, where are they? The students are here." The vehicle eventually reached a military base, leaving enraged crowds on the streets.

Violent protests sweep Caracas, opposition leader surrenders

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 - 01:27

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