Venezuela opposition leader ends hunger strike

Jailed Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ends hunger strike

Venezuela opposition leader ends hunger strike

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez ended a 30-day hunger strike on Tuesday after one of his demands, that a date be set for this year's parliamentary election, was met.

"We began this protest not to die, but so that all Venezuelans can live with dignity," Lopez wrote in a letter read out by his wife, Lilian Tintori, during a news conference. "We are lifting the (hunger) strike, but the fight continues."

Former San Cristobal mayor Daniel Ceballos, also jailed last year on accusations he fomented protests in his convulsed western Venezuelan city, ended a hunger strike earlier this month.

Lopez's demands include the release of political prisoners and international observation of the upcoming elections.

Ceballos and Lopez have become a cause celebre for international rights activists who call their detention evidence that the ruling Socialist Party is repressing dissent.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Haziran 2015, 10:34