Newsletter N°132, Political Prisoners in Venezuela

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Meet 2 Political Prisoners From Socialist Venezuela

KELSEY HARKNESS I dailysignal.com
August 14, 2017

In recent months, Venezuela has spiraled into a full-blown humanitarian and political crisis. Politicians with criminal backgrounds run the country, employing violence and arresting peaceful, anti-government protesters.

In The Daily Signal’s feature series, “Underreported,” we interview Francisco Marquez, an ex-political prisoner who now lives in the United States, and Wuilly Arteaga, who recently was thrown into jail after peacefully playing his violin on the streets. Read more

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Venezuela protest violinist alleges torture in custody

AFP I www.yahoo.com
August 17, 2017

A young violinist who became a symbolic feature of Venezuelan protests against President Nicolas Maduro alleged Thursday he was tortured while held in army custody.

Wuilly Arteaga, 23, made the claims after spending 19 days detained by Venezuela’s National Guard following his arrest on July 27 on charges of instigating violence and carrying an incendiary device.

He was released on Tuesday on condition he report to court officials every eight days and with a ban on attending any more protests, he told reporters.

While held, «I was mistreated and tortured, together with all the prisoners that were there,» he said. Leer más

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Chile Grants Asylum to 5 Venezuelan Judges

laht.com
August 22, 2017

Chile has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelan citizens who had been staying at the Chilean Embassy in Caracas, Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz said Tuesday.

“The time has come to honor our commitment and our solidarity, and so the government of Chile has decided to grant diplomatic asylum to these five Venezuelan citizens,” Foreign Minister Muñoz said.

Asylum has been awarded to Judges Elenis del Valle Rodriguez Martinez, Luis Manuel Del Valle Marcano Salazar, Jose Fernando Nuñez Sifontes, Beatriz Josefina Ruiz and Zuleima Del Valle, who had all applied for it this Monday. Read more

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Venezuela ‘congress in resistance’ rejects new assembly

AP I aljazeera.com
August 20, 2017

Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress rejected the self-proclaimed lawmaking authority of a new legislative body elected last month at the behest of President Nicolas Maduro, widening the political divide in the crisis-hit country.

Congress’s declaration of resistance on Saturday followed statements from a group of 12 regional nations plus the United States saying they would continue to regard congress – not the new Constituent Assembly – as the Venezuela’s only legitimate lawmaking body.

«This is a congress in resistance of an armed military dictatorship that took over its authority and gained militarily what it could not gain at the ballot box,» National Assembly Vice President Freddy Guevara said in a special session. Read more

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