Venezuelan despots arrest opposition leaders after fake election

BBC:
Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, have been re-arrested, relatives of the pair say.

They were under house arrest after accusations of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014.

Their families said they did not know where the two had been taken.

The move comes just two days after a controversial vote for a constitutional assembly saw violence on the streets, with at least 10 people killed.

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

He argued that the move would create peace and foster dialogue by bringing together different sectors of Venezuela's polarised society.

But the opposition accused the president of trying to rewrite the constitution in order to maximise his power and sideline the opposition-controlled legislature.

They boycotted the vote and called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in protest. The election was condemned by Latin American leaders, the European Union and the US.

The day of the election was the deadliest so far since the current wave of protest began.
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The sanction regime should be expanded to block the sale of Venezuelan oil as long as Maduro and his thugs are still in power.   With as much excess oil as there is in the world right now, the US should be able to easily replace the oil that is propping up the Maduro regime.  Most of the regime's cash flow comes from oil sells to the US.

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