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Venezuela anti-govt protest leader goes on trial for inciting violence

Jul 24, 2014    

A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court.Opposition firebrand Leopoldo Lopez went on trial Wednesday charged with inciting violence at early demonstrations.A defense lawyer, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, told The Associated Press after the hearing adjourned in the evening that Lopez defended the calling of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.Lopez testified that his call to protest "was framed in the constitution that guarantees peaceful and non-violent protest," the attorney sai...

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