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Venezuelan Police Arrest Labor Leader


Venezuelan police have arrested labor leader Carlos Ortega.

Mr. Ortega, a fierce critic of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, was wanted for leading a crippling two-month strike two years ago. The strike disrupted oil output, but failed to topple the Chavez government.

The labor leader fled Venezuela in 2003, receiving asylum in Costa Rica. But Costa Rica revoked his asylum last year, and he has been in hiding.

Venezuelan authorities say Mr. Ortega was caught in western Caracas late Monday. He faces charges of rebellion and treason.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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