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8/2/17

Venezuela opposition leaders taken from homes overnight

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement late Tuesday that he holds Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro personally responsible for the health and safety of two of the country's leading opposition figures who were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by state security agents.

"The United States condemns the actions of the Maduro dictatorship," Trump said in a written statement released by the White House.

The statement says Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma are "political prisoners being held illegally by the regime."

Earlier Tuesday U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it's "very alarming" that two of Venezuela's leading opposition figures were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by state security agents.

"We call for their immediate release," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday.

Read more: Venezuela opposition leaders taken from homes overnight - World - CBC News

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