Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Faked vote results?

Top Venezuelan opposition leaders taken into custody amid fears of wider crackdowns

Masked security forces staged middle-of-night raids early Tuesday to haul away two leading Venezuelan opposition leaders already under house arrest, possibly signaling an expanded crackdown on dissent after widely denounced elections aimed at boosting the authoritarian government.

The moves against Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma could intensify the international fallout after Sunday’s election, which created a new super congress stocked with backers of the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The vote was decried as fraudulent by the opposition and prompted the Trump administration on Monday to slap sanctions on Maduro.

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