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Maduro Cranks Up Pressure on Venezuelan Human Rights Groups

  • Third non-governmental group in a month has offices searched
  • Government wants to control food distribution, use militias
Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas MaduroPhotographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Venezuela targeted a local humanitarian organization in another attempt to crack down on civil society groups that the government accuses of conspiring against the administration.

Security officials acting on a judge’s warrant swarmed the Caracas headquarters of human rights organization Convite, the organization said in a tweet. Some of the group’s equipment was seized and its director, Luis Francisco Cabezas, was taken to a local police station where he was detained for two hours, the group wrote on social media this afternoon.