Venezuela: ‘Releasing Opposition Is First Step Towards Peace’

"Today, a group of leaders and activists who committed crimes of political action between 2014 and 2018 have been released at my request," Maduro said.

“Today, a group of leaders and activists who committed crimes of political action between 2014 and 2018 have been released at my request,” Maduro said. | Photo: @dpresidencia

Several opposition figures facing trial in connection with violent acts that killed nearly 200 people between 2014 and 2017 were released by the government on Friday.

June 1 (teleSUR) Venezuela‘s recently re-elected President Nicolas Maduro has described the release from prison of opposition politicians and activists as a “first step” towards peace.

Several opposition figures facing trial in connection with a series of violent acts that killed nearly 200 people between 2014 and 2017 were released by the Venezuelan government on Friday.

“Today, a group of leaders and activists who committed crimes of political action between 2014 and 2018 have been released at my request,” Maduro said.

“This is the first step of the struggle and peace plan that we want to implement in this new presidential period.”

During a meeting with the Frente Amplio de la Patria at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Friday, Maduro also reiterated his call to the opposition for dialogue in order to maintain stability and peace.

Maduro stressed the need for “not only the call, but the practice of dialogue” and said fresh talks with Venezuela’s social sectors will begin next week.

“Our great mission is to expand the distribution of wealth to benefit and protect the entire Venezuelan people. That is the social model that we want,” Maduro told the assembled crowd.

Maduro said the nation’s main challenge is building an economy that produces goods, services and wealth to supply the needs of the people and thus achieve a system of stable prices.

He also highlighted government efforts to meet the needs of the Venezuelan people, despite the economic war and financial blockades imposed by the United States.

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