Alex González

Name: Alex González

Arbitrarily detained: July 2, 2017

Released: June 14, 2018

Place of confinement: Penitentiary Center 26 de Julio

Occupation: Student

Alex Gonzales was the president of the Student Center of the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL) when he was ambushed along with 26 other demonstrators inside the facilities of his house of studies, on July 2, 2017.

The students had taken refuge in the UPEL gymnasium and bathrooms so as not to be repressed by the military and police officers who had taken the Las Delicias avenue in Maracay. However, about 30 hooded SEBIN officers violated university autonomy, beat them with pipes, threatened them and then presented them before military courts.

Both Alex and most of his companions were accused of possession of flammable objects, rebellion and instigation to commit a crime. After a military trial, González was transferred to the El Dorado prison, 1000 km from Maracay, far from his relatives, where he also began to suffer symptoms of malaria that led him to convulse, not receiving proper medical attention.

The case brought against Alex González and the other young detainees of the UPEL was denounced by different organizations, because of the savagery with which the students have been treated. Alex’s last place of confinement was the 26 de Julio Penitentiary Center in Guárico, where his physical health deteriorated significantly after months of illness, torture and imprisonment.

On June 14, 2018, Alex’s release was known through information provided by Foro Penal. Boris Quiñones was released with him, who was also arrested at UPEL. They should never have been prisoners.

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