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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chavez Foe Escapes From Prison

CARACAS, Venezuela -- One of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's most threatening enemies is on the loose, and many Venezuelans wonder what new plots he might have in mind.

Carlos Ortega escaped from a military prison over the weekend, and troops and police were ordered to guard ports, airports and embassies to prevent him from fleeing or seeking asylum. But some think 60-year-old Ortega might stay in hopes of reviving anti-Chavez protests before December's presidential election.

A union leader who led a crippling national strike, Ortega slipped out of the Ramo Verde prison, west of Caracas, where he was serving a 16-year sentence for civil rebellion. Prison director Gustavo Busnego said investigators believed some may have helped Ortega escape.