The Venezuelan government has released another 40 opposition politicians and activists, bringing to 79 the number of people freed in the past two days.

 

Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the government was reviewing other dissidents’ cases. He said it was a goodwill gesture to help ease tensions.

 

The announcement comes after the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro to a new six-year term last month.

Some of the Politicians & Activists released going out to meet the press

The opposition boycotted the poll. Many countries did not recognise the result.

 

Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in protest.

Those released on Friday and Saturday include politicians, the son of a dissident former general, a former army general who took to the roof of his house with an assault rifle in defiance of an arrest warrant and the former mayor of the city of San Cristobal.

 

Many had taken part in protests against Mr Maduro in 2014 and again in 2017; about 170 people died in clashes.

 

 

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