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> Venezuelan security officials seized two opposition leaders from their homes in overnight raids, their family said on Tuesday, after they urge protests against a new legislative super-body wildly denounced as anti-democratic. Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledesma, both former mayors of Caracas, were under house arrest.
The former for his role in leading street protests against President Nicolas Maduro in 2014, and the latter for charges of plotting a coup. Lopez's wife tweeting the arrest Tuesday, adding she didn't know where security forces were taking her husband. This comes after the US imposed new sanctions against President Maduro, calling the controversial vote on Sunday a sham election.
>> As a result of today's sanctions, all assets of Maduro subject to US jurisdiction are frozen.>> Sanctions represent the toughest move yet against Maduro by the Trump administration. National Security Advisor, HR McMaster, saying Maduro's actions put him in an exclusive club of dictators.>> Maduro is not just a bad leader, he is now a dictator.
>> Maduro calling the vote a success, and thumbing his nose at President Trump.>> Why the hell should we care what Trump says? We care about what the sovereign people of Venezuela say.>> Ten people reportedly killed during Sunday's election in some of the worst street protests in months.
As Venezuela suffers through an economic meltdown and extreme food shortages. Voters largely boycotted the election on who would make up a constitutional super-body that critics say is rigged to hand unprecedented power to Meduro, allowing him to dissolve the opposition-held congress delay future elections and rewrite electoral rules to prevent his party from losing power.