And Amnesty International warns the Chavez administration again, this time on the way protestors have been treated this week and says abuses should be avoided. In fact, in the area Of San Antonio de los Altos, 72 students were jailed and held without having contact with lawyers for 48 hours which is a violation of Venezuela’s laws. Meanwhile, the Prosecutor has criminalized protests, which is not part of the country’s legislation. Venezuela’s legislation punishes blocking the street only if you can cause disaster with it or if you are doing it to commit a crime.
Meanwhile that pantomine of a People’s Ombudsman German Mundarain holds a press conference to do what his always does: defend the Chavez administration and not the people. Mundarain spent half an hour doing what is not his job, saying that this is all of “destabilization plan” against Chavez and his Government and forgetting the mandate he was give by the Constitution of defending people’s rights.
So, it is left to organizations like Amnesty International to raise the alarm, when tehy say:
“there have been cases of excessive force on the part of police officers…until May 29th. 182 people ahd been detained, among the, 107 minors, while only 56 people have been released including 7 minors…AI calls on the authorities to insure that police corps under its command make use of force only when it is strictly necessary and in a proportional manner…”
Amnesty International also warned about the conditions under which some minors have been held, saying there shoudl be special attention to minors as required by international regulations.