Venezuela: Regime agents abduct opposition leaders in growing crackdown

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Venezuela’s domestic intelligence service on Tuesday arrested two opposition leaders following months of deadly anti-government protests. Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma have been vocal critics of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In a tweet, Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, posted a video showing the pro-democracy activist being detained by Venezuelan authorities. ’12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship abducts Leopoldo at my house. We will not bow,’ Tintori wrote in the tweet. … Meanwhile, Gaby Arellano, a parliamentarian with the opposition-controlled National Assembly posted a video showing Venezuelan intelligence agents detaining Ledezma in the middle of the night, escorting him out of his residence while still wearing pajamas. The arrests came a day after Venezuelan electoral officials announced the results of an internationally-condemned election for an all-powerful constituent assembly that supersedes parliament. Opposition parties boycotted the vote, saying it was a ploy for Maduro to consolidate power.” (08/01/17)