Venezuela: Opposition mayor goes into hiding after arrest orders

Mayor Ramon Muchacho Credit: Santiago Times

Source: Santiago Times

Ramon Muchacho, who governed the opposition bastion of Chacao, has gone into hiding after Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal sentenced him to 15 months in jail.

He has been accused of defying an order to ensure that protests in his district of the capital Caracas did not disrupt transit through the area.

Meanwhile, the country’s controversial new Constituent Assembly has passed a decree, giving it more authority than any other national institution, including the judiciary and legislature.

The moves have prompted more countries to criticize Nicolas Maduro’s government, saying it has become undemocratic.  Muchacho is one of four opposition Mayors ordered arrested by authorities in the last two weeks.