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    Venezuela Opp'n Leader Arrested Before Supporters

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    Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested Tuesday, after emerging from days of hiding and making an impassioned speech to thousands of supporters, saying he hoped his detention will open Venezuelans' eyes to the increasingly authoritarian bent of their government. Speaking with a megaphone to more than 5,000 people, Lopez said that he doesn't fear going to jail to defend his beliefs and constitutional right to peacefully protest against President Nicolas Maduro. "We've got nothing to hide," Lopez told a sea of supporters--who, like him, were dressed in white to symbolize non-violence. He said it is worth going to jail if it "awakens Venezuela" to the "corrupt" justice and economic "disaster" left by 15 years of socialist rule.