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Venezuela: OAS Secretary General Condemns Repression of Peaceful Demonstration

  April 4, 2017

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today condemned the use of tear gas, gunfire, rubber bullets and repression against peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela.

What happened today in Caracas, Almagro said, "leads me to condemn in the strongest terms the brutal repression carried out by the Government of Venezuela against demonstrators in the streets of the Venezuelan capital."

The demonstration, which took place under the protection of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of protest, in favor of the removal of the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice, was violently suppressed by the Bolivarian National Police, which was joined by civilian forces in the service of the authoritarian regime installed in Caracas.

This new violation constitutes yet another violation of the civil and political rights of the population, while at the same time violating the right to life and physical integrity of the Venezuelan opposition.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that the authoritarian lawlessness that has led the Venezuelan government to abandon democracy through a self-imposed coup d'etat, and to place itself outside the Inter-American constitutional legality, has once again turned itself against its own people in repression," he said.

"As Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)," said Almagro, "I am once again obliged to demand that the Venezuelan government immediately stop violating the rule of law, reestablish democracy, recognize the civil and political liberties of the people, and immediately end this repression."

Reference: E-024/17