Venezuela: Protest Leader Leopoldo Lopez Surrenders

Hardline Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez surrendered to security forces on Tuesday to face charges of fomenting unrest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government that has killed four people in the last week.

Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist who has spearheaded the protest movement, got into an armored vehicle after a defiant speech to an opposition rally in Caracas on another chaotic day in the South American OPEC member nation.

“I have nothing to hide,” he told supporters with a megaphone. Minutes later, he surrendered to army officers, pumping his fist, and stepping into the military vehicle with a Venezuelan flag in one hand and a white flower in the other.

“I present myself to an unjust judiciary … May my jailing serve to wake up a people,” he added in the speech. . .

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