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Venezuela releases second group of political prisoners

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe Venezuelan authorities on Saturday released a second group of political prisoners consisting of dozens of people.

“We demand that you pledge to stop political violence, hatred and intolerance forever,” said the president of the National Constituent Assembly, Delsi Rodriguez, on state television.

According to the government statement, 40 prisoners were released on Saturday, while 39 people were released on Friday. Among the liberating politicians are Wilmer Aswakhi, Helper Caro and Raul Baduel.

Many political prisoners participated in protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in 2014 and 2017, killing some 170 people.

After the May 20 presidential election, which Maduro won again, the Venezuelan leader said he would seek the release of opponents who were convicted or arrested for “political violence.”