Venezuela Arrests Opposition Leader for Alleged U.S. Backed Coup Attempt

Opposition leader accused of being backed by U.S. to stage a takeover of the socialist government.

By Published on February 20, 2015

Venezuela police have arrested Caracas mayor and opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, who the Venezuelan government has accused of helping plan what it says was a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government.

Heavily armed security forces, outfitted in masks and camouflaged uniforms, on Thursday seized Ledezma after breaking down the doors of his office in the banking district and firing warning shots into the air.

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