Opposition leader arrested
The week's news at a glance.
A business leader who spearheaded a two-month strike against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was placed under house arrest this week. Carlos Fernandez, head of a powerful chamber of commerce, was charged with treason, rebellion, and other crimes. A judge threw out the treason charge, but ordered Fernandez confined while the other allegations were prosecuted. Fernandez said he was being politically persecuted. The strikes participants accused Chavez of acting like a dictator, and demanded that he step down. Chavez called Fernandez a terrorist for leading protests that cost Venezuela an estimated $4 billion. If it were up to me he wouldnt be at home, he would be behind bars.