Venezuela opposition leaders taken from their homes, say families

Venezuela opposition leaders taken from their homes, say families

Venezuela opposition leaders taken from their homes, say families

Mr Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori posted a video showing armed men putting her husband into a vehicle.

The measures were unusual in that they targeted a sitting head of state, but their reach was mostly symbolic, freezing any U.S. assets Maduro might have and banning people under USA jurisdiction from dealing with him.

The Venezuelan Supreme Court said Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma had violated the terms of their house arrest by criticizing the government in messages released on social media in recent days.

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.

Many nations across the hemisphere announced they would not accept the election of the assembly and European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Monday that an assembly "elected under doubtful and often violent circumstances can not be part of the solution".

The arrests were widely seen as an attempt to squash dissent to ensure Maduro's new constituent assembly can become functional as soon as possible.

Spain's El Mundo newspaper reported on Tuesday that family members say Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were taken from their homes in the early hours of the morning.

The majority include people who oppose the government, but are not necessarily aligned with the right-wing leaders of the conservative opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), he said.

"We keep calling the government of Venezuela to work towards urgent confidence-building measures aimed at de-escalating the tensions and fostering better conditions for resuming efforts towards a peaceful negotiated solution", said Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. Due to plunging oil prices and widespread corruption and mismanagement, Venezuela's inflation and homicide rates are among the world's highest, and widespread shortages of food and medicine have citizens dying of preventable illnesses and rooting through trash to feed themselves. "Their detention is further proof of the regime's dictatorial intentions", Chrystia Freeland, minister of foreign affairs, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Independent analysts dispute the report by Venezuela's electoral authority that more than 40 per cent of voters cast ballots for the assembly.

Maduro's own attorney general, Luisa Ortega - who broke with him months ago over his policies - also said she would not acknowledge the body, calling it part of the president's "dictatorial ambition".

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".

Lopez confirmed in the video that his wife, Lilian Tintori's pregnancy was "another reason to fight for Venezuela" and added it was "the best news he had received in the last three and a half years".

Mr Lopez was granted house arrest in July following three years in prison for his role in anti-government street protests in 2014.

The balding, bespectacled 62-year-old was sent home in April to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest following surgery.

The mayor of Caracas, Ledezma is also a lawyer who was arrested and jailed in February 2015 after being accused of conspiring against the president and associating with criminals.

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