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Caracas mayor charged with conspiring against Venezuelan government
Caracas mayor charged with conspiring against Venezuelan government

Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma was formally charged Friday with “conspiracy to commit violent acts against the state” while fellow opposition leaders described his arrest as a “brutal and unconstitutional” and called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in protest. Analysts said the surprise arrest Thursday of the 59-year old mayor could mark a more repressive tack by President Nicolas Maduro to squelch dissent. Maduro, who replaced Hugo Chavez as president after Chavez’s death in March 2013, faces increasing public dissatisfaction amid a worsening economy marked by scarcities and high inflation. Ledezma was being held at the headquarters complex of the...

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