Venezuela starts freeing jailed opposition activists

Authorities in Venezuela have said that it has begun releasing groups of opposition activists who had been jailed for alleged misconduct during anti-government protests. The former mayor of San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos, who was imprisoned in 2014 for inciting violence, was among the freed activists present at a televised meeting arranged by the country’s Constituent Assembly. “The doors are open for those who choose the path of peace and reconciliation,” Nicolas Maduro, recently reelected president and currently in reconciliation talks with opposition leader Laidy Gomez, wrote on Twitter.