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Return of firebrand opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez energizes Venezuelan protests

Updated : May 01, 2019 01:01 PM IST

Leopoldo Lopez's appearance alongside National Assembly leader Juan Guaido was enough to convince the 30-year-old computer programmer to join tens of thousands of Venezuelans protesting against President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday.
A dozen protesters told Reuters his return had given them new confidence in the plan proposed by the 35-year-old Guaido, who assumed an interim presidency in January and denounces Nicolas Maduro as a usurper.
After attending a series of rallies across Caracas, Lopez and his family first entered Chile's diplomatic residence, then moved to the Spanish embassy, the Chilean foreign minister said.
Return of firebrand opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez energizes Venezuelan protests

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