VENEZUELA JAILS OP­PO­SI­TION LEAD­ERS

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS -

Venezuela jailed two lead­ing crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro on Tues­day in a fresh blow to the op­po­si­tion af­ter the elec­tion of a new po­lit­i­cal body with ab­so­lute pow­ers to strengthen the hand of the left­ist gov­ern­ment. In a state­ment an­nounc­ing the jail­ing of op­po­si­tion leader Leopoldo Lopez and veteran politi­cian An­to­nio Ledezma, the pro-gov­ern­ment Supreme Court said they were plan­ning to flee the coun­try and had vi­o­lated terms of their house ar­rest by mak­ing po­lit­i­cal state­ments and speak­ing to me­dia. But gov­ern­ment op­po­nents called the abrupt re­moval of the men from their homes by se­cu­rity forces in night­time raids a sign of Maduro’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to si­lence ri­vals and stamp out four months of mas­sive street protests against him.

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