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Government raids business working for the opposition

CARACAS — Government intelligence agents raided a business printing opposition political pamphlets ahead of next month’s state elections in Venezuela.

Zulia state Gov. Pablo Perez said the raid by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service in the western city of Maracaibo was an attempt to intimidate opponents of President Hugo Chavez’s government.

He told reporters Saturday that such actions are “abuses of power.”

The intelligence agency’s regional chief, Carlos Calderon, told the Panorama newspaper that agents on Friday found pamphlets that aimed to “sabotage the candidacy” of Francisco Arias Cardenas, a Chavez ally running against Mr. Perez in the Dec. 16 elections.

From wire dispatches and staff reports