Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who was arrested on the eve on charges of homicide and inciting violence, hold a protest outside of the Justice Palace, on February 19, 2014, in Caracas. (AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA)
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Following a dramatic surrender and a night in jail, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was due in court Wednesday to learn what charges he may face for allegedly provoking violence during protests against the socialist government in the divided nation.Lopez, who has emerged in recent months as a new, more aggressive face of Venezuela's opposition, told thousands of cheering supporters who watched his surrender on Tuesday that he does not fear imprisonment if it will help undo what he considers the damage done by 15 years of socialist rule launched by the late Hugo Chavez.While opposition leaders have complained for years about a government crackdown on dissent, foreign governments have shown scant interest in pressing Maduro since he was elected 10 months ago to succeed Chavez.Some Venezuelans say becoming a cause celebre was Lopez's plan all along, with the charismatic, Harvard-educated leader seeking to catapult past the opposition's two-time losing presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles, and lead the charge against the government.After shaking Maduro's government like never before, Lopez now faces his biggest test.
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