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Maduro forces are “killing us,” says wife of detained opposition leader

Two prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders were snatched from their homes in brazen raids by police on Tuesday, just two days after President Nicolás Maduro consolidated his power in heavily disputed national elections.

Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez were both taken from their homes by agents of Venezuela’s intelligence service. The move represented the sort of state-sanctioned political suppression many feared would happen if Maduro no longer had any checks on his power.

VICE founder Suroosh Alvi spoke to Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, while reporting in Caracas. At the time Tintori was on her way to visit Lopez in a jail where he’d previously been held for three years as a political prisoner, and where police are now holding him again.

This segment originally aired Aug. 1, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.