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Venezuelan authorities arrest opposition leader

Venezuelan authorities have arrested an opposition leader for alleged violence during a protest.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Venezuelan authorities have arrested an opposition leader for alleged violence during a protest.

Venezuela's state-run Bolivarian News Agency says a local court ordered the arrest of Caracas official Richard Blanco.

Authorities detained Blanco for allegedly injuring a police officer during a demonstration a week ago, the agency said Saturday. The march was one of many protests over a new education law critics say could lead to political indoctrination in schools.

Attorney General Luisa Ortega has said she will ask prosecutors to crack down on unruly protesters who she says are trying to destabilize President Hugo Chavez's government.

Eleven other city employees were arrested Friday for alleged crimes committed during a separate protest.