Venezuela seeks protest leader's arrest

Feb 14, 2014, 6:25 AM EST
Students demonstrate against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, along a main highway in Caracas on February 13, 2014.
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A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest on Thursday of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before. Using a slogan "The Exit," the U.S.-educated Lopez has for two weeks helped organize sporadic demonstrations around the country to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control inflation, crime and product shortages. The president accuses him of sowing violence to try to stage a coup similar to the one 12 years ago that briefly ousted late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, though there is little indication that the protests could topple Maduro.

Background:

Venezuela protests persist, dozens jailed [Reuters]

Maduro plays down Venezuela coup fears after deadly protests [South China Morning Post]

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