The Venezuelan government released the first group of 80 prisoners, which the authorities promised to release as a “rare gesture of goodwill towards the opposition,” reports Voice of America.
Earlier, the government of President Nicolas Maduro has announced that it will release at least 80 people detained in connection with participation in anti-government demonstrations. Prisoners are released one by one.
Human rights organizations claim that the authorities keep in custody to 268 political prisoners.
Maduro said that all of them are in jail for justified charges of plotting to overthrow the government and promote violence.
On 24 December, the Venezuelan government expelled the Ambassador of Brazil Rui Pereira and the canadian chargé d’affaires Krabi Kovalik for alleged violation of law and interference in the internal Affairs of Venezuela.