Venezuela’s president orders arrest of American filmmaker.
By Emilia Diaz-Struck and Juan Forero,April 26, 2013.
CARACAS, Venezuela – Facing an invigorated opposition and mounting demands for a recount, President Nicolas Maduro’s week-old government on Friday stepped up accusations that its political adversaries are plotting to destabilize the country.
The escalating political tension comes as officials signaled they may be preparing to arrest opposition leader Henrique Capriles, a charismatic lawyer who says Maduro stole the election that was called to decide who would succeed Hugo Chavez after the populist died last month of cancer. An American filmmaker was caught in the middle of the turmoil this week, arrested at the Caracas airport and accused of being a secret agent working to spark a civil war.
“The gringo who financed the violent groups has been captured,” Maduro said in comments carried on state television.