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Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo López Re-Arrested in Middle of the Night

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Aug 1, 2017, 10:01 am
Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo López
Both Antonio Ledezma (left) and Leopoldo López (right) denounced Maduro’s Constituent Assembly. (Twitter/Youtube)

EspañolVenezuelan opposition leaders and former political prisoners Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma were taken back into custody this Tuesday, August 1. Members of the Venezuelan Intelligence Service re-arrested both of them at their respective homes in the middle of the night just two days after the regime successfully held illegal elections that gave it power over a newly created legislative branch.

Ledezma, 62, the former Mayor of Caracas, had been under house arrest since 2015 for allegedly supporting an attempted coup. On July 31, he uploaded a video on Youtube calling Maduro’s elections a fraud. His wife captured a video of the arrest:

Elyangelica Gonzalez 

 @ElyangelicaNews
 The exact moment when Sebin captured Antonio Ledezma, hours after he shared a video. Cortesia of  

Dip.Richard Blanco 

 @RichardBlancoOf
Sebin just took Ledezma . Let the whole world know. 

 @SContrerasB
URGENT

SEBIN captures @alcaldeledezma in his home (he was under house arrest) taking him to an unknown location, more than 10 officers came for him.
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López, 42, had only been placed on house arrest this July 8 after serving prison time since September 2015 for inciting violence. He leads the People’s Will party, and also uploaded a video the day of the election denouncing Maduro’s actions, which he has repeatedly claimed undermine the country’s constitution. At 12:27 a.m., officials arrived to his home, where a video of his arrest was also captured:

Lilian Tintori 

 @liliantintori
12:27 in the early morning: The exact moment when the dictatorship abducted Leopoldo at my house. They will not break him!

 

 Alberto Rodríguez 
 @AlbertoRT51
BREAKING Political officials assume that the sharing of messages through social media by Antonio Ledezma was the reason for revoking his house arrest. 

Maduro has followed through with his threats to continue attacking the political opposition, congress and the Venezuelan attorney general.

Andrés Medina García 
@AndresMedinaVE

I have just been informed that SEBIN has taken @leopoldolopez. The dictatorship has begun fiercely!

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.