Venezuelan leader steps up offensive against opposition

Supporters of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma demonstrate after Ledezma's arrest under charges of an alleged plot to overthrow the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro on February 20, 2015 in CaracasVenezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro intensified his offensive against his most fervent opponents, sending the capital’s mayor to jail as prosecutors planned Friday to charge him with a “violent” anti-government conspiracy. Almost exactly one year after opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez was arrested as he led a wave of protests against Maduro, intelligence agents burst into Mayor Antonio Ledezma’s office late Thursday and hauled him to jail. A third radical critic of the government, ousted lawmaker Maria Machado, is under investigation over an alleged plan to assassinate Maduro, though she remains free.