Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s deputy has been detained by the country’s intelligence services.
Edgar Zambrano, vice president of the National Assembly, refused to leave his car when approached, and as a result he and his car were towed to prison.
It is the first arrest of an opposition figure since attempts to spark a military rebellion against President Nicolás Maduro last week.
Mr Guaidó is recognised as “interim president” by more than 50 nations.
Democratic Action party leader Carlos Prosperi told reporters that he had been at a party meeting with Mr Zambrano in the capital Caracas moments before he was arrested by agents from Venezuela’s Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin).
“The vehicle was surrounded,” he said. “They [Sebin agents] wouldn’t allow us to get to him. They brought a tow truck and his vehicle was towed away.”
He added that they believe he was taken to El Helicoide, a notorious prison in the centre of the city.
“We don’t know anything about what physical condition he’s in and we don’t know what is happening at El Helicoide at the moment,” Mr Prosperi said.
Mr Guaidó also tweeted about the arrest, calling Mr Zambrano’s arrest – in particular, the towing of his car – “absurd”.
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[DETENIDO] ⛔ Siete patrullas y una grúa usó el Sebin para llevarse detenido al primer vicepresidente de la @asambleave. El diputado Edgar Zambrano no se bajó de su vehículo al ser interceptado y procedieron a montar el carro en una grúa para llevarlo detenido. El hecho ocurrió aproximadamente a las 7 pm de este 8 de mayo en las cercanías de la sede del partido Acción Democrática en La Florida #Caracas. Después del alzamiento militar del 30 de abril Zambrano fue acusado por el TSJ de Nicolás Maduro de cometer los delitos: Traición a la patria, Conspiración, Instigación a la insurrección, Rebelión Civil, entre otros. Video de la periodista #GabyGabyG en Twitter ⛔