30 Apr '17, 11am

Pope calls for end to violence, respect for human rights, in Venezuela

ROME (REUTERS) - Pope Francis called on Sunday (April 30) for the respect of human rights and an end to violence in Venezuela, where nearly 30 people were killed in unrest this month. Francis, speaking to tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square for his weekly address, decried a "grave humanitarian, social, political and economic crisis that is exhausting the population". Venezuela's opposition is demanding elections, autonomy for the legislature where they have a majority, a humanitarian aid channel from abroad to alleviate an economic crisis and freedom for more than 100 activists jailed by President Nicolas Maduro's government. "I make a heartfelt appeal to the government and all components of Venezuelan society to avoid any more forms of violence, respect human rights and seek a negotiated solution ...," the pope said. Supporters say Leopoldo Lopez, the jailed ...

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