Published On: Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017

Venezuelan authoritarian regime detains powerful opposition leaders

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez holds a national flag as he greets supporters outside his home in Caracas, Venezuela, following his release from prison and being placed under house arrest after more than three years in military lockup. Allies of two Venezuelan opposition leaders say Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken by authorities from the homes where they were under house arrest. Video posted on the Twitter account of Lopez's wife early Tuesday, Aug. 1, shows a man being taken away from a Caracas home by state security agents. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

FILE – In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, Venezuela’s opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez holds a national flag as he greets supporters outside his home in Caracas, Venezuela, following his release from prison and being placed under house arrest after more than three years in military lockup. Allies of two Venezuelan opposition leaders say Lopez and Antonio Ledezma have been taken by authorities from the homes where they were under house arrest. Video posted on the Twitter account of Lopez’s wife early Tuesday, Aug. 1, shows a man being taken away from a Caracas home by state security agents. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

The Venezuelan authoritarian regime, headed by President Nicolas Maduro, has detained two prominent opposition leaders, Lepoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, inviting wide flak. For last few years, both of the oppositions have been serving the prison term in the form of house arrest for similar reasons. Mr Lopez was earlier jailed for instigating violence against the ruling regime during an anti-national protest, while Mr Ledezma was imprisoned for conspiring against the socialist dictator. As per the report, the prominent opposition leaders, who were placed under the house arrest, have been arrested by the special intelligence wing. It is learned that both of them have directed their supporters to boycott the Constitutional Assembly election, which was conducted to elect an assembly which has the authority to rewrite the constitution. For the last few years, particularly since the commencement of an economic crisis, the country has been witnessing a political tug-of-war between the rightists and leftists. The political observers say that the leftists, who are ruling the country, believe that the rightists, with the help of capitalist countries such as the US, are trying to derail their government. If the ruling party manages to insert more pro-socialist members in the constitutional assembly, they can rewrite the constitution in a form favourable to them. The latest political development is likely to deteriorate the political stability and is going to prompt more protesters to come to the streets to express their disagreement with the autocratic regime. Has opposition succeeded in bringing the attention of international agencies into the issue?

Vignesh

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Venezuelan authoritarian regime detains powerful opposition leaders