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Saturday, 15 July, 2000, 02:28 GMT 03:28 UK
Chavez military critic arrested

A second military officer in Venezuela has been arrested after criticising the president, Hugo Chavez.

The air force colonel, Silvino Bustillos, was detained shortly after accusing Mr Chavez of flouting a legal ban on the use of the national anthem and other symbols in his re-election campaign.

Last week, another officer who spoke out against the president Luis Garcia was discharged from service.

The criticisms have led to speculation about widespread unrest in Venezuela's armed forces, but Mr Chavez insists the officers acted alone.

In the latest opinion polls, his support has fallen slightly, but he's still the clear favourite in presidential elections due at the end of the month.

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