Venezuela students join hunger-strike protest

Venezuela students join opposition leader's hunger-strike protest against government

Venezuela students join hunger-strike protest

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has lost 12 kilograms (26 pounds) on a partial hunger-strike now in its fourth week, his family said, while students around the country escalate similar protests in solidarity.

Lopez, 44, who heads the hardline Popular Will party and is charged with masterminding violence during mass protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government last year, began his action in a military jail at the end of May.

Decried by Maduro as a "monster" and puppet of U.S. plots to overthrow socialism in Venezuela, he demands freedom for other detained activists and a date for parliamentary elections due by year-end.

"He looks skinny, he's lost 12 kilograms and is down to 65, but he's staying firm," Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, said in an interview at the gated family home in leafy east Caracas.

She visited him in prison over the weekend.

"At first I asked him not to do this, but Leopoldo wanted to unmask Maduro and today the whole world knows what is happening here, the lack of basic rights," added Tintori, whose husband was on his 24th day of protest on Wednesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 16:35