Venezuelans freed following subway protest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 15, 2010 08:27

CARACAS, Venezuela — Three dozen demonstrators arrested during a protest inside Venezuela's largest subway system were released Sunday but will be charged with resisting arrest and public disorder, officials said.

All 35 must appear in court once a month while their cases are pending, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office. It was not clear why prosecutors did not immediately press charges.

Relatives of the protesters cheered outside the courthouse when they were released after two days behind bars, and their attorney praised the decision.

Venezuela still "has reasonable judges who adhere to the laws" despite efforts by President Hugo Chavez to hold sway over the judicial branch, Elenis Rodriguez told the opposition-friendly TV channel Globovision.


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