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Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 8:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 @ 8:15 PM
By: The Associated Press
CARACAS, Venezuela — Authorities in Venezuela on Tuesday released from prison a young musician who was jailed six weeks ago after taking to social media to vent her frustration against President Nicolás Maduro's government
Karen Palacios blasted the government in a message that went viral after losing her job as top clarinetist in the National Philharmonic. Her mother says a week later two strangers appeared at their home saying the 25-year-old was needed for an interview at the presidential palace.
Instead she was locked up at a military prison accused of violating Venezuela's hate law, which was passed by lawmakers loyal to Maduro in 2017. It threatens sentences up to 20 years for any message through television, radio or social media that instigates violence or hate. Critics say the government uses the law to crack down on dissent.