Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

Shock moment Corbyn & Abbott's favourite socialist regime arrests opposition leaders

The leaders of the Maduro opposition, Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, were taken away from their homes by the Venezuelan intelligence service, Sebin in scenes eerily reminiscent of the Soviet Union.  

Mayor of Caracas Ledezma was serving house arrest since 2015 after having being charged with leading a coup against Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

Lopez’s wife Lilian Tintori and Ledezma’s daughter Vanessa, both published videos on Twitter showing their husbands being dragged away by the Polícia National. 

“12:27 in the morning: the moment the dictatorship steals Leopoldo away from my house. They will not break us,” commented Tintori on Twitter when she posted the footage.

Before their arrest, the men had called for mass protests against President Maduro’s decision to create a new Constituent Assembly to change the country’s Constitution.

A vote to create the new Assembly was held on Sunday and resulted in Maduro’s victory. Critics claim that the President has now the power to personally select the 545 members from within his administration.

Ledezma and Lopez have been very critical of the Venezuelan President’s regime and had invited the population to boycott the vote.

The assembly election was criticised around the world as an attack on democratic freedom, with US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley calling the vote a “sham.”

She wrote on Twitter: “Maduro’s sham election is another step towards dictatorship. We won’t accept an illegitimate government. The Venezuelan people and democracy will prevail.”

In past years, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had praised Venezuela as an example of a successful socialist regime.

In 2012, Abbott said: “I think the importance of Venezuela is it shows another way is possible. Obviously it’s got oil wealth which makes a difference, but nonetheless, they’ve sought to invest in the country and they’ve sought to continue to fight poverty.”

Protests against the Constituent Assembly vote began before the polls opened and the bout of violence continued throughout Sunday and Monday, leading to 10 deaths.

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