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CARACAS, Tuesday February 18, 2014 | Update
 
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Leopoldo López turns himself over to National Guard officers

The leader of opposition party Voluntad Popular Leopoldo López turned himself in to officers of the National Guard at noon on Tuesday, a few minutes after he finished his speech before hundreds of dissenters gathered in Chacaíto, northeast Caracas

López surrendered to authorities after delivering a speech to Venezuelans (Jorge Silva / Reuters)
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EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday February 18, 2014  01:03 PM
The leader of opposition party Voluntad Popular Leopoldo López turned himself in to officers of the National Guard at noon on Tuesday, a few minutes after he finished his speech before hundreds of dissenters gathered in Chacaíto, northeast Caracas.

The leader turned himself over to National Guard troops who made him get in a white truck, located two blocks away from Chacaíto Mall.

López walked across the picket of the National Guard accompanied by journalists and some people.

Earlier, in his speech before demonstrators, López explained that he had two choices: First, leaving the country, but he decided that he "will never leave Venezuela." The other choice he had was hiding. He ruled out the idea because "some people could think we have something to hide."

He said that before turning himself over to authorities, he wanted to clarify the purpose of his struggle: "This is a fight for our young people, for students, for the repressed, for detainees, for all the people of Venezuela who have to wait in lines (to buy staples), who are hit by shortages, for the youth who have no jobs and no future."
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