Venezuela Detains US Citizen Suspected of Inciting Anti-Government Protests


An armed 32-year-old Florida citizen suspected of organizing protests against Nicolas Maduro’s government was detained Tuesday by Venezuelan authorities on the border of Techira.

Techira’s Governor Jose Vielma Mora in a press release Tuesday revealed the name of the arrested man and said that he had been living in the capital of Techira, San Cristebal, for two months, Voice of Russia reported.

The suspect entered the country legally on his real passport, Mora specified. Venezuela’s law enforcement officials suspect the detained of links with those inciting violence in the country aiming to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

During the arrest the authorities confiscated several rifles, including one with a telescopic sight, and two handguns.

The Governor said that one of the guns was linked to the shooting of a local man.