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World Briefing / Venezuela

Chavez move sparks outrage

March 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A move to arrest a prominent opposition leader sent thousands of anti-government protesters into the streets of the country's second-largest city, accusing President Hugo Chavez of launching a new attack against his critics.

The protest came after a prosecutor called for the arrest of Maracaibo Mayor Manuel Rosales, a Chavez opponent.

Critics say Chavez and his allies are leading a two-pronged offensive by persecuting opponents and increasing presidential power by putting all airports, highways and seaports under federal control.

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