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"We are deeply concerned by rising tensions, by the violence surrounding this February 12 protest and by the issuing of a warrant for the arrest of the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez," said spokeswoman Marie Harf. "We join the secretary general of OAS (Organization of American States) in condemning the violence and calling on authorities to investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the death of peaceful protesters." Inflation, at 56.2%, is the highest in the world and many basic goods are missing from the shelves. Amid stringent price and exchange controls, Venezuela is running out of hard currency to pay foreign suppliers of goods and services. www.cnn.com...
Leopoldo López is delivered to the National Guard of Venezuela
(Spanish CNN) - The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, accused by the government of conspiracy and murder, surrendered to the troops of the National Guard on Tuesday said his party Popular Will.
Lopez was delivered at noon, minutes after finishing his speech to those present at the march on Tuesday through the streets of Caracas.
Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist who has spearheaded the protest movement, got into an armored vehicle after giving a speech to an opposition rally in Caracas on another chaotic day in the South American OPEC member nation.
"I have nothing to hide," he told supporters with a megaphone, standing next to a statue of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti, minutes before.
"I present myself to an unjust judiciary. They want to jail Venezuelans who want peaceful, democratic change."
Lopez, wanted on charges including murder and 'terrorism', says he is being made a scapegoat by a dictatorial government.
In the coastal town of Carupano in eastern Venezuela, residents said a 17-year-old student struck by a car died after a demonstration against the socialist government