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European Parliament awards 2017 Sakharov Prize to Venezuelan opposition

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – SEBASTIEN BOZON – | The European Parliament, April 3, 2017 in Strasbourg

The European Parliament on Thursday awarded its 2017 Sakharov Prize for “freedom of the mind” to the Venezuelan democratic opposition, AFP learned from several parliamentary sources before the official announcement of the award.

The prize is awarded to the Venezuelan National Assembly, dominated by the opposition, and to political prisoners. The decision was taken at a meeting of the chairpersons of Parliament’s political groups, the sources said.

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