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Opposition Leader Blamed for Unrest in Venezuela

Newspaper article International New York Times

Opposition Leader Blamed for Unrest in Venezuela

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Leopoldo Lopez, a former mayor of a district of Caracas, said the government was responsible for the deadly violence during antigovernment protests.

Top government officials have blamed a prominent opposition leader for unrest that resulted in three deaths, amid growing tension over antigovernment demonstrations.

A local newspaper, El Universal, posted on its website Thursday a photograph of what it said was an arrest order issued by a judge for the opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, a Harvard-educated former mayor of a wealthy section of Caracas. It said he was accused of murder and terrorism, among other charges. Aides to Mr. Lopez said they were trying to confirm the report.

The violence came after thousands of government opponents took part on Wednesday in the largest protest march since the days immediately after the narrow election victory in April of President Nicolas Maduro. Mr. Lopez, who spoke at the protest, has been active in organizing similar, though smaller, rallies throughout the country in recent weeks.

During clashes near the prosecutor's office and in a separate part of the city, three people were shot and killed, officials said. …

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