At noon on Tuesday, Venezuelan authorities arrested pro-government
activist Lina Ron and took her to
At least 30 armed pro-government militants riding
the Globovisión offices, setting off tear gas and injuring a
El Aissami said in his statement that Ron was accused of conspiring to commit a crime, "among other things," the Venezuelan press reported. Military personnel escorted Ron to the intelligence headquarters, where she is awaiting a court hearing, according to local news reports.
Following Ron's arrest, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías said at a public event on Tuesday afternoon that Ron "is hurting the revolution and playing in favor of the enemy," according to the Venezuelan press. Chávez said he had repeatedly warned Ron--publicly and privately--against engaging in such acts. "There is no other alternative," Chávez said. "She violated the law and must face the force of the law."
In 2008, Ron and other UPV activists stormed the