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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nearly 3,000 Peaceful Protesters Arrested in Venezuela in 2 Months

An NGO operating in Venezuela revealed this week that the government has committed a known 2,977 arrests since anti-socialist protests erupted in April and is currently keeping 1,351 citizens behind bars for protesting. The Venezuelan Penal Forum added that they have documented 355 cases of civilians being tried for military crimes in front of military tribunals, a gross human rights violation. The newspaper El Nacional carried the new statistics from the Penal Forum on Tuesday, which span April 1 to May 29. During a press conference, NGO head Alfredo Romero specified that most of those facing military tribunals despite being civilians are facing charges of “treason, assault of soldiers, and rebellion.” More…

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