The thirteenth victim of the repression of the Government was named Juan Carlos Zambrano who died on Wednesday as a result of the injuries the military inflicted on him by members of the Army camp in La Turiaca, in the Lagunillas municipality in Zulia State.
His concubine Yeicy Vasquez was raped and abused by the soldiers and was threatened with death if she denounced what had happened to her.
Zambrano’s mother said her son worked picking up aluminum cans from the streets to sell them, not exactly what Chávez would call an oligarch. She said she was at the army camp while her son was being tortured. They would hit him and throw him on the floor, while they all stepped on him. They would give him water and then hit him with a bat on the stomach. They tied his hands and dragged him on the asphalt. She said she asked them to stop and they laughed at her. The military claims they detained him because he stole a motor from an oil well.
He was freed and died later in the Hospital. General Carlos Briceno of the 11t Brigade has confirmed that Zambrano was a prisoner, but the information he had was that Zambrano had signed a document in which he said that he was treated well while in captivity.
Zambrano’s mother said that her other son Michel was also detained that day and is missing. Michel went out that day looking for his brother.
Besides Michel Zambrano, there are still seven people desaparecidos from the protests whose names are: Omar Arturo Morales (28); Juan José Pérez (27); Juan Ernesto Sánchez (37); Andrés Bastidas Guedes (32) ; José Luis Rodríguez (33); Eduardo José Miranda (30) y Julio César Gómez (34). They are believed to be dead since they were detained simultaneusly. The Investigative police has begun looking into the case and is the only Government body that has said anything about them according to page B-23 of today’s El Nacional (by subscription).