Euro MPs call on Venezuela to release detainees

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A student with the Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, Venezuela on February 26, 2015The European Parliament called on Venezuela Thursday to release students and opposition figures “arbitrarily detained” during protests against left-wing President Nicolas Maduro. Earlier this week, the United States imposed sanctions against Venezuela as Maduro moved closer to rule by decree. In a resolution passed by 384 votes to 75, the European Parliament called on the government of the oil-rich South American nation to release all those detained and to end its opposition crackdown. “The government must also put an end to the political persecution and repression of the democratic opposition,” it said.