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Venezuela: anti-government protest leader arrested on charges of murder and terrorism


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Venezuela: anti-government protest leader arrested on charges of murder and terrorism

A Venezuelan court has ordered the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people. The charges against him include murder and terrorism.

For two weeks Lopez has helped organise nationwide demonstrations to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control inflation, crime and product shortages.

The president accuses Lopez of using violence to try to stage a political coup, although there is little sign that the protests could topple him.

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