CARACAS, Venezuela – Opposition leaders in Venezuela are reporting that Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has been arrested. The leaders condemned the detention while residents of Venezuela's capital are banging pots in protest and cars in snarled traffic honk their horns.
The arrest could not be immediately confirmed with Venezuela's government.
A tweet posted on Ledezma's Twitter account Thursday afternoon said his office was full of government police. An hour later, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado said Venezuela's intelligence service had "broken in" to Ledezma's office. Assemblyman Ismael Garcia wrote on Twitter that Ledezma was carried off "like a dog."
Ledezma won election in 2008, beating a member of the socialist party led by late President Hugo Chavez. The ruling party subsequently transferred nearly all of Ledezma's powers to a newly created government entity.