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CARACAS — Protests erupted in the Venezuelan capital Thursday night, after the city's Mayor Antonio Ledezma was hauled away by camouflaged police, who also smashed into opposition leader's office. A CCTV image of the police entering the office made El Nacional"s front page Friday.
Opposition supporters began making as much noise across the city as possible later in the evening, with some gathering in front of the headquarters of the police intelligence service (SEBIN) where they believe Ledezma is being held.
President Nicolas Maduro announced on state TV that Ledezma will be held accountable for his "attempted plan to overthrow the government," but witnesses say there was no warrant, no reason given at the time, and his lawyer did not know where he was or when he could be seen, says El Nacional.
ABOUT THE SOURCE: El Nacional is one of the most read daily newspapers in Venezuela. Previously left-leaning, it has recently moved to a center ideology. The current editor supports the opposition electoral coalition, an umbrella group formed to unite against the ruling United Socialist Party founded by the late Hugo Chavez.