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Venezuelan opposition leaders say Caracas mayor arrested, people bang pots in protest

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 file photo, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, left, attends a meeting in senate chambers, in Brasilia, Brazil. Opposition leaders in Venezuela are reporting that Ledezma was arrested Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The arrest could not be immediately confirmed with Venezuela's government. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 file photo, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, left, attends a meeting in senate chambers, in Brasilia, Brazil. Opposition leaders in Venezuela are reporting that Ledezma was arrested Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The arrest could not be immediately confirmed with Venezuela's government. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma chants for his release outside intelligence service police headquarters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Men in camouflage uniforms smashed into Ledezma's office on Thursday and carried the opposition figure away. An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Supporters of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma chants for his release outside intelligence service police headquarters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Men in camouflage uniforms smashed into Ledezma's office on Thursday and carried the opposition figure away. An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma, the wife of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, chants for the release of her husband, as she stands behind two national police officer on guard outside intelligence service police headquarters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Men in camouflage uniforms smashed into Ledezma's office on Thursday and carried the opposition figure away. An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma, the wife of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, chants for the release of her husband, as she stands behind two national police officer on guard outside intelligence service police headquarters, in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Men in camouflage uniforms smashed into Ledezma's office on Thursday and carried the opposition figure away. An aide said some of the officers wore the uniform of the national intelligence service police. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)  (The Associated Press)

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.