University President disapproves of "harassment of student protests"
The president of Andrés Bello Catholic University read out a communiqué making an appeal to settle "by democratic means, in accordance with the Constitution, the serious and unprecedented event of the absence of the president-elect and failure to hold his incumbency"
"Solving by democratic means, in accordance with the Constitution, the serious and unprecedented event of the absence of the president-elect and failure to hold his incumbency is most urgent," the communiqué reads.
In addition, harassment of the protests staged by students "from several universities throughout the country, as well as the accusations made by several government spokespersons, in the absence of the right to defense and in default of evidence of the charges made are refused."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.