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Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths.

Venezuela charges opposition leader, sparking protests

Venezuela's attorney general formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on Friday over anti-government protests that have roiled the country for two months, triggering fresh demonstrations in Caracas. The Harvard-educated economist has been held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of an opposition protest rally against leftist President Nicolas Maduro, who has faced near-daily demonstrations since early February.

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader formally charged

Venezuela's attorney general on Friday formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with inciting violence and other charges related to mass protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Lopez has been held in a military prison since his February 18 arrest in the midst of an opposition protest rally. His supporters have called for a march later in the day to the main Caracas court complex to demand his release.

Venezuelan police block opposition lawmaker's return

Venezuelan police blocked an opposition lawmaker from returning to the legislature to retake her seat on Tuesday and fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of her supporters. In a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro, Maria Corina Machado had vowed to attend the National Assembly, despite her removal from office being confirmed Monday by the Supreme Court. "You will not break us! You will make us stronger! You will give us more reasons to fight," Machado shouted at police who blocked her on the street a block away from the building.

Venezuelan police block opposition lawmaker's return

Venezuelan police blocked an opposition lawmaker from returning to parliament to retake her seat on Tuesday and fired teargas to disperse a crowd of her supporters. In a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro, Maria Corina Machado had vowed to attend the National Assembly, despite her removal from office being confirmed Monday by the Supreme Court. "You will not break us! You will make us stronger! You will give us more reasons to fight," Machado shouted at police who blocked her on the street a block away from the building.

Venezuelan police block opposition march on congress

Caracas, Apr 1 (EFE).- A Venezuelan opposition leader recently expelled from the National Assembly led a march Tuesday toward congress, where she was denied access after police drove away her supporters with tear gas and pellets. Maria Corina Machado addressed hundreds of her supporters and other opposition lawmakers in a Caracas square prior to the march.

Venezuelan police block opposition march on congress

Caracas, Apr 1 (EFE).- A Venezuelan opposition leader recently expelled from the National Assembly led a march Tuesday toward congress, where she was denied access after police drove away her supporters with tear gas and pellets. Maria Corina Machado addressed hundreds of her supporters and other opposition lawmakers in a Caracas square prior to the march.

Venezuela blocks opposition lawmaker in violent crush

Venezuelan police on Tuesday blocked an opposition lawmaker from returning to the legislature, firing tear gas to disperse her supporters in a tense turn of events. In a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro, prominent opposition politician Maria Corina Machado had vowed to take her seat Tuesday in the National Assembly, despite her ouster by the Supreme Court. But the government warned that Machado, whom it sees as a radical seeking to overthrow it, was no longer a lawmaker.

Venezuelan showdown over opposition lawmaker's ouster

In a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro, a prominent Venezuelan opposition politician vowed to take her seat in the National Assembly Tuesday despite her ouster by the Supreme Court. The head of the legislative body had ordered Maria Corina Machado expelled and her parliamentary immunity stripped last week after she tried to speak before the Organization of American States about her country's crisis.

Venezuela top court upholds opposition deputy's ouster

Venezuela's Supreme Court has upheld the ouster of a prominent opposition deputy from the National Assembly, the latest step in a crackdown on leaders of weeks-long anti-government protests here. The legislature's speaker had ordered Maria Corina Machado expelled and her parliamentary immunity stripped after she tried to speak before the Organization of American States as a guest of the Panamanian delegation. Machado's OAS appearance was "incompatible" with her function as an elected lawmaker, the court's constitutional panel said late Monday.
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