By Phil Gunson, CNN, Feb. 13, 2014
Caracas -- A day after political violence in Venezuela left three dead on the streets of Caracas, authorities issued an arrest warrant for an opposition leader on charges including conspiracy and murder in connection with the clashes, an official with Venezuela's justice ministry said Thursday.
Before his government issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, President Nicolas Maduro had already threatened him with a permanent ban on holding public office. Lopez's party, Popular Will (known as VP after its initials in Spanish), has accused the government of responsibility for violence during anti-government protests Wednesday.
The violence, which left three dead in Caracas and dozens more injured or detained across the country, has exacerbated an already tense situation.
Maduro insists he is facing a slow-motion coup [....]
Twitter reports image blocking in Venezuela
Associated Press, Feb. 14, 2014
LIMA, Peru — Twitter said Friday that Venezuela had blocked images on its service following an anti-government protest that turned bloody, and it offered a workaround for users who want to get tweets via text message on their cellphones.
Hacktivists, meanwhile, defaced and knocked various government websites offline, organizing and choreographing online denial-of-service attacks that flood sites with traffic, making them temporarily unreachable.
Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said Friday via email in response to an Associated Press query that "Twitter images are currently blocked in Venezuela." [....]
Venezuela Protests Leave 5 Injured in Fourth Day of Unrest
By Corina Pons and Eric Martin, Bloomburg News, Feb. 15, 2014