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Venezuelan Gunmen Seize Strike Leader

Gunmen identifying themselves as secret police burst into a restaurant and seized the organizer of a general strike that had crippled Venezuela’s economy, witnesses said Thursday. A bodyguard said the men fired into the air when patrons tried to keep them from taking away Carlos Fernandez, president of the country’s largest business federation, in the midnight raid Wednesday. Strike co-leader Carlos Ortega of the Venezuelan Workers Confederation condemned the abduction as “a terrorist act” that presaged a wave of repression against Venezuela’s opposition, already shaken by the slayings and possible torture of an activist and three dissident soldiers. Fernandez, president of the Fedecamaras business chamber, organized a two-month strike that sought President Hugo Chavez’s ouster. The strike ended earlier this month in all but Venezuela’s oil sector. Full Story

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