Venezuela arrests opposition mayor accused of coup plot

February 20th, 2015  
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Topic: Venezuela arrests opposition mayor accused of coup plot

By Brian Ellsworth CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan arrested opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma on Thursday in a move the government said was needed to halt a U.S.-backed coup plot but foes decried as tyranny. Intelligence agents took the 59-year-old veteran politician from his office in the banking district of Caracas after breaking down doors and firing shots in the air, witnesses said. "I just saw how they took Ledezma out of his office as if he were a dog," wrote opposition legislator Ismael Garcia via Twitter. "They broke down the doors without an arrest warrant." The arrest comes a year after the outbreak of opposition protests calling for President Nicolas Maduro's resignation that rocked the OPEC nation and sparked violence killing 43 people.


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