Opposition Leaders Arrested Amid Venezuela’s Economic And Political Chaos | NBC Nightly News


KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON AN OIL-RICH NATION IN CHAOS.>>Reporter: VENEZUELA IS A COUNTRY IN CRISIS. ALMOST DAILY POLITICAL UNREST. EARLY THIS MORNING, STATE SECURITY SWARMED THE FORMER MAYOR OF CAR AS KAS’ HOME. SHOUTS OF DICTATOR BY HIS WIFE. ALSO GRABBED UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS, OPPOSITION LEADER LOPEZ, WHO WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL ALMOST A MONTH AGO. THE VENEZUELAN SUPREME COURT SAYING BOTH MEN VIOLATED THEIR HOUSE ARRESTS BY CRITICIZING THE GOVERNMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. LOPEZ RECORDED THIS VIDEO, TELLING HIS WIFE, MAKE IT PUBLIC IF RE-ARRESTED. HE SAYS, I’M IN PRISON FOR MY IDEAS, BECAUSE I WANT A BETTER VENEZUELA.>>THE RE-ARREST OF OPPOSITION LEADERS LAST NIGHT IS VERY ALARMING.>>Reporter: SUNDAY’S CONTROVERSIAL VOTE IN VENEZUELA SEEN AS A MOVE TOWARDS THE CONSOLIDATION OF POWER, IN JUST ONE MAN. PRESIDENT MADURO. THE U.S. ALREADY TARGETING MADURO WITH FINANCIAL SANCTIONS, NOW THREATENING TO LIMIT SOME OIL IMPORTS FROM THE CASH-STRAPPED COUNTRY. PRESIDENT MADURO, LIKE HIS PRE DE SAYSER HUGO CHAVEZ, BLAMING PROBLEMS LIKE POVERTY AND CRIME IN PART ON U.S. AGGRESSION. TONIGHT VENEZUELA, A COUNTRY WITH THE LARGEST OIL RESERVES IN THE WORLD, IN ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL

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