Court says 2 Venezuela opposition leaders back to prison

Court says 2 Venezuela opposition leaders back to prison”

Lopez's wife, Lilian Tintori tweeted: "They just took Leopoldo from the house".

At the White House, when asked about Putin's retaliation and why Trump has been silent, Sanders replied, "Right now we're reviewing our options and when we have something to say on it, we'll let you know".

Opposition leaders and local media posted cell phone footage of Ledezma being taken away from his home forcibly.

Critics say they fear it will lead to a Cuban-style single-party state. Mr. Lopez and Mr. Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime, ” Trump said in a statement, personally referring to Maduros government for the first time as a “dictatorship, ” after his administration had already done so Monday.

On July 8, 2017, the Venezuelan supreme court placed López under house arrest after he had spent three years in prison for his role in anti-government protests in 2014. Many human rights groups considered him a political prisoner.

Ledezma, a former Caracas mayor, was also detained in 2015 and has been under house arrest.

President Nicolás Maduro convened the assembly to rewrite Venezuela's constitution amid spiralling anti-government protests on May 1.

As a backbencher Mr Corbyn attended a 2013 vigil following the death of Mr Chavez, hailing him as an "inspiration to all of us fighting back against austerity and neo-liberal economics in Europe".

Donald Trump has warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he will be held "personally responsible" for the safety of two opponents who were jailed on Tuesday.

Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, told the Times: "I think a lot of British people would be reassured if the leadership of the Labour Party made it clear that they had ended their infatuation with the Venezuelan regime".

Ms McInnes urged "the government of Venezuela to recognise its responsibilities to protect human rights, free speech and the rule of law" and said Mr Maduro must "respond personally to the legitimate concerns of the global community about the increasingly authoritarian nature of his rule and the growing hardship facing his people". "I don't listen to orders from the empire, not now or ever ..." For now, the Trump administration has not delivered on threats to sanction Venezuela's oil industry, which could undermine Maduro's government but raise USA gas prices and deepen the humanitarian crisis here.

He said the vote gave Mr Maduro "less legitimacy, less credibility, less popular support and less ability to govern".

"The national constituent assembly is a very risky bet for the president, even in terms of his own coalition", said Francisco Monaldi, a Venezuela analyst at Rice University.

Leader of the radical wing of the opposition that believes in the necessity of street action, the 46-year-old economist was educated at Harvard.

An exit poll based on surveys from 110 voting centres by NY investment bank Torino Capital and a Venezuela public opinion company estimated 3.6 million people voted, or about 18.5 per cent of registered voters.

The action, carried out in the dead of night, came one day before a new assembly elected on Sunday takes office, superseding the opposition-controlled legislature.

The election was condemned by Latin American leaders, the European Union and the US. Maduro said he had received congratulations from the governments of Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua, among others.

Mr Maduro called the constitutional assembly in May after a month of protests against his government, which has overseen Venezuela's descent into a devastating crisis during its four years in power.

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