Venezuela seizes opposition leaders Lopez, Ledezma from homes

2 Aug 2017   Venezuela

Venezuelan security officials seized opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma from their homes during nighttime raids on Tuesday, in what critics of President Nicolas Maduro said was a growing crackdown by his dictatorial regime. Their apprehension comes a day after the United States slapped sanctions on unpopular leftist Maduro for a new legislative superbody, the constituent assembly, which was elected on Sunday in a vote boycotted by the opposition. The pro-government Supreme Court said in a Facebook statement the measures were taken because the men had been planning to flee. The opposition countered it was a further sign Maduro was seeking to stamp out four months of massive street protests against him. “Maduro’s dictatorship is on the attack,” said opposition lawmaker Yajaira Forero. Lopez, a 46-year-old hardliner, and Ledezma, a 62 year-old veteran politician, were both under house arrest, the former for his role in […]

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