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Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela Continues to Arrest Opposition Politicians

  • Since last year, Nicolás Maduro and his inner circle have been the target of multiple conspiracies.
  • 9 individuals associated with Machado’s campaign had warrants issued for their arrest on suspicion of taking part in a single plan.
  • Maduro has claimed that plans to murder him are being carried out by the US administration.

Since last year, Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, and his inner circle have been the target of multiple conspiracies that could have caused them harm or worse. Since January, the government has arrested over thirty individuals, including staff members of the front-runner opposition presidential candidate, Machado, and a well-known human rights attorney, on the grounds of these claimed conspiracies.

The United Nations, foreign countries, and local and international nongovernmental organizations have all characterized the crackdown as a pretext to quell political dissent in advance of the July 28 presidential election.

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The most recent arrests occurred just before the nation’s chief prosecutor said that nine individuals associated with Machado’s campaign had warrants issued for their arrest on suspicion of taking part in a single plan.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab has given conflicting accounts of the plans’ objectives, including targeting military installations, assassinating Maduro and other officials, and causing instability in the nation. He has displayed in public purported confessions, laptops, planning documents, and other objects he has labeled as proof.

Maduro has claimed that plans to murder him are being carried out by the US administration. Human rights lawyer Rocío San Miguel was among the several dozen individuals detained earlier this year on charges related to the purported conspiracies. Saab has designated San Miguel as a “spy” involved in one of the conspiracies.

According to the panel’s report from the previous year, Maduro’s regime was restricting democratic liberties in advance of the election using defamation campaigns, arbitrary criminal processes, detentions, and even torture.

A political agreement reached last year between Maduro, the opposition group the US government supports, and other parties appears to be in jeopardy due to the most recent round of arrests.

The conditions for a free and fair election were the main emphasis of the October accord, which also granted Maduro some respite from US economic sanctions affecting the nation’s mining, oil, and gas industries. However, soon after, expectations for more equitable treatment started to dwindle, and the United States already undid the benefits for the gold mining sector because of what it saw as Maduro’s disobedience.

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