Caracas — Venezuela and the US locked horns again over political prisoners held by Caracas, including a jailed opposition leader whose supporters took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to demand his release. Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in Venezuela’s capital city, blocking one of the main highways in Caracas to protest against the imprisonment of Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez, in a letter he wrote in his cell read out to supporters, urged an electoral "rebellion" to press for general elections in the country mired in economic and political crisis. Referring to gubernatorial elections set for last December that were delayed and not yet rescheduled, Lopez called for a referendum on whether the presidential election set for 2018 should be held in 2017 instead. Supporters called for Venezuelans to press for change. "His only crime was to demonstrate nonviolently. Now more than 80% of Venezuelans want [President Nicolas] Maduro to leave power," said David Smolansky, mayor o...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now