Venezuela security agents seize opposition leaders from homes in night-time raids

Venezuela security agents seize opposition leaders from homes in night-time raids

Venezuela security agents seize opposition leaders from homes in night-time raids

Robert Griffiths, who publicly backed Jeremy Corbyn in the recent election in Britain, was speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer after reports two of Venezuela's most prominent opposition politicians have been snatched from their homes by the country's intelligence agencies, and Maduro won a hugely controversial election which could allow him to assume dictatorial powers - despite critics calling the vote a sham.

The families of Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma say they were taken from their homes, where they were under house arrest, by state security agents.

The sanctions came after electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted to create the constitutional assembly, a turnout doubted by independent analysts.

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More than 120 people in total have been killed in four months of protests against Maduro.

Now, for months, Venezuela's government has held hundreds of political prisoners, with some arbitrarily detained and others prosecuted in the military justice system.

Tintori has publicly denounced her husband's arrest and said she will "blame Maduro" should something happen to Lopez. But "the prison and the persecution of our leaders does not stop not rebellion". The opposition accuses Maduro of a power grab.

Monday's move follows through on a USA threat of action last week against Maduro and his socialist government if they went ahead with Sunday's election. He added that Maduro "is not just a bad leader - he is now a dictator". A video shows him being taken out of his building in blue pajamas.

The constituent assembly will have a wide range of powers and tasks, chief of which is redrafting the country's constitution, written in 1999. Gulf Coast refiners, most notably Citgo plants that are partly owned by Venezuela's PDVSA, would have to look elsewhere for heavy crude barrels.

Mr. Maduro wished Monday that the Constituent assembly to waive the immunity of opposition parliamentarians for them to be judged.

"This certainly qualifies as "strong and swift" in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's constituent assembly, but not yet crossing over to cross-border trade or financial flows or even business-specific transactions", said Siobhan Morden, head of Latin America fixed-income strategy at Nomura Securities International. All told, an estimated 7.1 million Venezuelans voted against Maduro's agenda-and revealed their hope that the road to their country's restoration be civic, peaceful, and democratic. The opposition disputes the voting figures.

"12:27 in the morning: the moment the dictatorship steals Leopoldo away from my house".

The move was swiftly criticized as a "step in the wrong direction" by both the United States and the European Union. He called on US President Donald Trump to put an end to his administration's "aggressive" policy towards the Venezuelan government.

The European Union and nations including Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, Britain and the United States criticized Sunday's vote. Conversely, Russia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and el Salvador have lent their support to Maduro. Absent a complete revolt across the nation it's hard to see how this ends in anything other than tragedy for the Venezuelan people.

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