The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was released from jail and granted house arrest because of health concerns. The anti-regime demonstrators have been conducting many rallies following the arrest.
Lopez was given a 14 year sentence in September 2015 after three people died in a demonstration in the capital Caracas in February 2015.
The Supreme Court issued a statement saying he was released from penal custody because of health concerns.
In May President Nicolas Maduro’s leftist government, facing a wave of major opposition protests since April, issued a short “proof of life” video after reports surfaced that Lopez was in ill-health.
The South American country is in the throes of an economic crisis that has spurred mass protests calling for a change of government, especially over the past few months.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has advocated for the release of Venezuelan political prisoners, posted on Twitter that he was “happy that @LeopoldoLopez has come home to @LilianTintori and their children.”
After three months of anti-government unrest that has killed at least 90 people, Maduro called for the creation of a new super-body Constituent Assembly, with powers to reform the national charter and supersede other institutions, in an election he says will bring peace.