Name: Gerardo Resplandor
Arbitrarily detained: May 8, 2014
Released: June 23, 2015
Place of confinement: El Helicoide
Gerardo was arbitrarily detained when the security forces of the Nicolás Maduro regime dismantled the camp where a group of students were protesting peacefully in front of UNDP headquarters.
For more than a year, he was held in the cells of the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) in El Helicoide. Along with other young people detained in the UNDP camp, he was accused of the crimes of drug possession in lesser amounts, assault, obstruction of public roads and instigation to commit a crime.
Gerardo was also at The Tomb, where he suffered severe torture. Despite the vexations he suffered, he sent a message to Nicolás Maduro’s regime from prison: “I’m not afraid of them, if I die, I’ll die fighting for the students”.
On June 23, 2015, he was granted a precautionary measure together with the student Douglas Morillo. He should never have been behind bars.