Venezue­lan court re­moves fifth op­po­si­tion mayor, or­ders ar­rest

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CARACAS, Venezuela — A fifth op­po­si­tion mayor in Venezuela was re­moved from his post and or­dered un­der ar­rest in a con­tin­u­ing crack­down by the strug­gling nation’s gov­ern­ment on Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s ad­ver­saries.

A small group of young peo­ple, some of them masked, set up bar­ri­cades of strewn metal ob­jects in the eastern Caracas district of El Hatillo on Thurs­day to protest the pre­vi­ous day’s Supreme Court de­ci­sion to order Mayor David Smolan­sky im­pris­oned for 15 months for not obey­ing or­ders to shut down the protests.

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