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Venezuela Frees 2 Opponents as Maduro Consolidates Power

Saturday, 04 November 2017 09:38 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government has released two opposition activists it has held for more than a year, one of them a Spanish citizen, as President Nicolas Maduro looks to ease international pressure following months of unrest.

Lawyers' co-op spokesman Foro Penal said Yon Goicoechea and Delson Guarate were freed late Friday night.

Both had been held by the Sebin intelligence police without a trial. Authorities had ordered the release of Goicoechea, who was granted Spanish citizenship while jailed, more than a year ago.

Maduro's government has been steadily released opponents since consolidating its power following the election of a constitutional assembly in July.

With the latest releases, Foro Penal said Venezuela still has 360 political prisoners, down from a peak of 676 at the height of the anti-government protests against the constitutional assembly.

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