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US filmmaker charged in Venezuela

alizadeh20130429215914173A court in Caracas has charged a US filmmaker and a retired Venezuelan general with stirring up post-election violence in the country.

On Saturday, Venezuelan officials released a statement, charging Timothy Tracy, US filmmaker with conspiracy and cooperation with US intelligence by paying the student protesters to fan the flames of post-election turmoil.

The US government has not released any information regarding the details of Tracy’s case except claiming that he is innocent.

In another incident on Saturday, Venezuelan officials said that they have arrested Brig. Gen. Antonio Rivero, a retired general. They added that he has been accused of fiercely criticizing the government.

On Thursday, the prosecutors showed a video of a post-election protest for the press in which Rivero had appeared advising rioters during clashes with police in the capital Caracas a day after the election.

The Venezuelan president accused the US embassy in Caracas of promoting the incidents.

He added that the US intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs in recent months, and particularly during the election campaign, had been “brutal and vulgar.”

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