The leaders of the Maduro opposition, Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, were taken away from their homes by the Venezuelan intelligence service, Sebin in scenes eerily reminiscent of the Soviet Union.
Mayor of Caracas Ledezma was serving house arrest since 2015 after having being charged with leading a coup against Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.
Lopez's wife Lilian Tintori and Ledezma's daughter Vanessa, both published videos on Twitter showing their husbands being dragged away by the Polícia National.
Lilian Tintori/Vanessa Ledezma/GettyLopez's wife Lilian Tintori said the Maduro regime will not
"12:27 in the morning: the moment the dictatorship steals Leopoldo away from my house. They will not break us," commented Tintori on Twitter when she posted the footage.
Before their arrest, the men had called for mass protests against President Maduro's decision to create a new Constituent Assembly to change the country's Constitution.
A vote to create the new Assembly was held on Sunday and resulted in