In arrest of old-guard mayor, Venezuelan president hopes to rally poor mistrustful of elites

February 23, 2015 6:30 PM

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In arrest of old-guard mayor, Venezuelan president hopes to rally poor mistrustful of elites

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers his annual state-of-the-nation address beside a framed poster featuring the late President Hugo Chavez, at the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela. While the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma in Feb. 2015 provoked spontaneous demonstrations and drew international condemnation, it also reminded many Venezuelans of what they most disliked about the politicians who preceded Maduro and his late mentor Hugo Chavez at a time when the socialist government faces an economic crisis that has sent the president’s popularity plummeting. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File) (The Associated Press)

In this Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 photo, a protester with his mouth taped shut and a message that reads in Spanish; "Freedom," attends a demonstration demanding the release of Mayor Antonio Ledezma, in Caracas, Venezuela. Demonstrators are condemning Thursday night's surprise arrest of the Caracas' mayo...

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