CARACAS - Marchers hit the Caracas streets Saturday to demand elections and the release of jailed Venezuelan opposition activists including figurehead Leopoldo Lopez, who has been on hunger strike since May 24. The crowd of about 500 was called out by Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori, for a march that ended in Jose Marti square in the capital. "If you want Leopoldo to stop his hunger strike, set a date for the elections," Tintori told the crowd, in remarks aimed at socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela is due to hold midterm elections in 2015, but no date has been set. Maduro has insisted the vote will go ahead as it is required. His party has its primary on June 28.