Students shout slogans against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro during a march to Venezuelan Telecommunications Regulator Office or CONATEL in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb17, 2014. The students, who’ve spent the past week on the streets alternating between peaceful protests by day and battles with police at night, marched on Monday to Venezuela’s telecom regulator to demand it lift all restrictions on the media’s coverage of the unfolding political crisis. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A crowd of anti-government activists wrested free an opposition politician as he was being hauled away in handcuffs by security forces following a raid on the party headquarters of President Nicolas Maduro’s biggest foe.
Dario Ramirez, a city councilman, shouted “I’m an elected official” as national guardsmen, surrounded by journalists and party activists, frantically looked for an escape route from the Caracas shopping mall where they took him into custody. Once outside, dozens of activists banging pots and pans in protest attacked the squad, freeing Ramirez by force and speeding him away on a motorcycle.
The dramatic scene underscored the rising tensions that could spill over into violence Tuesday when pro- and anti-government activists hold dueling demonstrations in the capital.
Ramirez belongs to the Popular Will party led by Leopoldo Lopez, the Login to read more