Subscribe Register Login

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 2:51 a.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

Opposition leader faces charges in tense Venezuela

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 20, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

CARACAS, Venezuela — Violence is heating up in Venezuela as an opposition leader faces criminal charges for organizing a rally that set off escalating turmoil in the oil-rich, but economically struggling, country.

After a chaotic night, with gunfire echoing through the streets of many neighborhoods, a judge ruled early Thursday that there is enough evidence to hold Leopoldo Lopez, who dramatically surrendered to authorities before thousands of cheering supporters this week, on charges that include arson and criminal incitement stemming from a Feb. 12 rally.

David Smolansky, a mayor of a district in Caracas and member of the Popular Will party of Lopez, said the leader's arrest and an aggressive manhunt for two other party members show that Venezuela is suffering the harshest wave of political persecution in decades.

"If this isn't a totalitarian system then I don't know what can explain what is happening in this country," Smolansky said at a news conference Thursday.

Prosecutors decided not to pursue more serious charges, including homicide and terrorism, when Lopez made a court appearance at a military base outside Caracas as violence flared across much of the country. The 42-year-old politician could face at least 10 years in prison.

Comments on: Opposition leader faces charges in tense Venezuela

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Hearing test

    arkansas based company looking to hire a couple or individua...
    GARFIELD, AR

  • Senior cost analyst

    george's senior cost analyst George's Inc. has an excellent ...
    SPRINGDALE, AR

  • Specialedteached

    Certified Special Education Teacher - Private Residential Fa...
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Bchis or audiologist

    Must be licensed. Full time/Part time. Call 501-362-3316
    HEBER SPRINGS, AR

  • Leasing agent

    leasing agentnow hiring at Oakwood AptsFax resumes to: 501-9...
    JACKSONVILLE, AR

Search 733 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online