U.N.: Venezuelan Socialists Kill 40, Break Arrest Records Against Peaceful Protesters

By Frances Martel

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed on Tuesday that the number of arrests of peaceful anti-socialist dissidents hit record highs last week in Venezuela, when interim President Juan Guaidó replaced dictator Nicolás Maduro.

“Just on January 23 – if you all remember, Wednesday was the most important day – we believe that there were at least 696 arrests nationwide,” Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office, told reporters at a press conference announcing the numbers distributed by Venezuelan NGOs. “This is the highest number of detentions registered in a single day in at least the past 20 years.”

Between January 21 and 26, according to Colville, Maduro’s police arrested 850 people, including 77 minors. The U.N. documented at least one incident of a 12-year-old arrested for protesting the regime.

The U.N. also confirmed at least 40 deaths between January 22 and 25, and at least 26 confirmed to have been shot dead by Maduro’s armed forces or colectivos, socialist gangs that Maduro uses to enforce loyalty to him.

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One Response to U.N.: Venezuelan Socialists Kill 40, Break Arrest Records Against Peaceful Protesters

  1. William Hicks January 30, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Let Cortez have her way and you will se The United States become the new Venezuela.

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