A Venezuelan courtroom has ordered the arrest of opposition chief Leopoldo López as the federal government continued to crack down on the organisers of this week’s stalled rebellion in opposition to President Nicolás Maduro.
The courtroom mentioned Mr López had “flagrantly violated” the phrases of his home arrest and defied an order banning him making political declarations to the media.
It mentioned that relatively than being returned to his dwelling, Mr López must be despatched to the Ramo Verde navy jail exterior the capital of Caracas to finish the remaining eight years of a 13-year sentence for main anti-government avenue protests in 2014.
The order will stoke fears that the Maduro authorities would possibly attempt to arrest fellow opposition chief Juan Guaidó, who the US and quite a few different international locations have recognised as Venezuela’s reputable interim chief.
Mr López stunned virtually everybody on Tuesday by showing subsequent to Mr Guaidó exterior an air base in Caracas, from the place they known as for a navy and civilian rebellion in opposition to the federal government.
Till then, Mr López — one of many opposition’s most charismatic figures — had been underneath home arrest for 2 years. Earlier than that he had spent three years in a navy jail.
Tuesday’s rebellion did not set off important defections from the Venezuelan navy, and by dusk Mr López had sought refuge within the Spanish embassy along with his household.
His spouse, Lilian Tintori, additionally a political activist, has since returned dwelling and mentioned the home was looted whereas they had been away. She posted pictures on Twitter of books and different possessions strewn throughout the flooring.
Venezuela has been gripped by three days of clashes since Mr Guaidó made his dramatic name to arms. Native non-governmental organisations mentioned 4 folks have been killed within the violence and a whole lot injured.
On Thursday morning, Mr Maduro made a combative speech denouncing “coup plotters and traitors”.
Ever since Mr Guaidó launched his preliminary problem to the president in January, the federal government has made veiled threats to arrest him however has to this point chosen to let him be.
The US has warned Mr Maduro to not transfer in opposition to him.