Venezuela sparks Trump’s OUTRAGE as Maduro arrests Guaido’s deputy

People outside the Democratic Action party headquarters in Caracas

Zambrano said on Twitter around 6:40 p.m. SEBIN agents had surrounded his vehicle outside the headquarters of his Democratic Action party in Caracas' La Florida district.

The dramatic scene ended with the auto being towed away to a notorious prison at the headquarters of the Venezuelan secret services.

Earlier in the day Venezuela's Supreme Court has decreed to put the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Edgar Zambrano, in pretrial detention at a military jail in the capital Caracas.

The Venezuelan Court with jurisdiction in terrorism cases on Friday ordered the arrest of deputy of the National Assembly in contempt, Edgar Zambrano, for flagrant participation in the coup d " état of last April 30.

"They will have to pay before the courts for the failed coup that they attempted".

Guaido alleges that the government is chipping away at the National Assembly, the key Venezuelan institution calling for change in a country whose economic problems are so chronic that several million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years.

Opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez entered the home of the Spanish ambassador after he joined Guaido in the failed attempt to topple Maduro.

An attempted uprising last week led by Guaido, recognized by the United States and other Western countries as the rightful head of state, failed to dislodge Maduro, as have a series of US sanctions against his government.

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The Venezuelan regime has begun a purge of suspected defectors and opposition politicians after last week's failed uprising against President Maduro.

Three more legislators found themselves accused on Wednesday.

It was not yet clear if Zambrano was already at the Helicoide. Maduro, who was re-elected previous year in a disputed vote, has presided over an economic collapse and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Soon after the announcement, the Constituent Assembly - which effectively acts as a regime rubber stamp - stripped the seven of their parliamentary immunity. Authorities have not yet tried to arrest him, but Maduro has said he will 'face justice'.

Maduro has appeared to let Guaido wage a campaign against him following US warnings that there would be severe repercussions if he took action against his foe.

The Constituent Assembly, which Maduro created to sideline the National Assembly, has said it would suspend the immunity of any lawmakers who backed the uprising.

On Thursday, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a former spy chief who became a government critic, was also transferred by military police to a maximum-security cell at a Caracas military base, his political movement said. The SEBIN used a tow truck to drag Mr Zambrano's vehicle away while he was still inside and then detained him.

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