Opposition leader detained for "inciting rebellion."
Posted: Friday, September 20, 2002
Fuerza Solidaria leader Alejandro Pena Escusa has been detained by the State Political & Security (DISIP) Police after he placed an ad in Monday's El Nacional urging military officers to "Act Now" and to join protests against President Hugo Chavez Frias.
Pena was returning home after holding a news conference promoting a demonstration in front of the Francisco de Miranda military base in Caracas on Friday when witnesses say ten DISIP officers took him into custody.
The arrest comes as rumors of a coup d'etat continue to grow and the government is taking measures to prevent such action from taking place.
"The government is alert to these little desperate groups ... today we arrested one ... one of these desperate people that is going around trying to incite a coup d'etat," President Hugo Chavez Frias said. MORE