Venezuela frees gov­ern­ment op­po­nents

The Guardian Weekly - - World roundup -

2 Three dozen op­po­nents of Venezuela’s so­cial­ist gov­ern­ment have been freed from prison, a local rights group has said.

Fol­low­ing con­dem­na­tion for hold­ing about 270 ac­tivists in prison, Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro’s ad­min­is­tra­tion said it was free­ing 80 of them, re­plac­ing jail terms with sen­tences such as com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Al­fredo Romero, whose Pe­nal Fo­rum group tracks the de­ten­tion of ac­tivists, said 36 “po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers” had been freed, but he crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment for not giv­ing a blan­ket amnesty.

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