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Venezuela releases several 'political prisoners'

  • Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their backing during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their backing during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their backing during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their backing during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their support during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)

    Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their support during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1 , 2016. The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void. Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)  (The Associated Press)

Venezuelan opposition leaders say the government has released at least four out of more than 100 jailed activists they consider political prisoners.

Best-known of the men is Carlos Melo, leader of a small party in the Democratic Unity opposition alliance who was held for two months.

The releases follow Vatican-sponsored talks Sunday between the government and opposition aimed at defusing a political crisis sharpened by the socialist regime's derailing of a referendum to recall President Nicolas Maduro.

The opposition won control of congress in December and summoned Maduro Tuesday to a political trial that seeks to declare his presidency void.

Maduro has called the proceedings a coup attempt and signaled his intention to boycott it.