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CARACAS, Monday May 13, 2013 | Update
 
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Mercosur commission plans to review democratic status in Venezuela

Leopoldo López, the head of political Voluntad Popular party, gave the news

ALICIA DE LA ROSA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Monday May 13, 2013  02:55 PM
The Human Rights Commission, Common Market of the South (Mercosur), admitted on Monday an application to review democratic conditions in Venezuela, substantiated with the violent events occurred after the presidential election of April 14 and the detention of Retired General Antonio Rivero.

Leopoldo López, the head of opposition Voluntad Popular political party, gave the news. He specified that the complaints of persecution for political reasons and torture had been filed, along with videos and photos as exhibits.

"Venezuela will be subject to the questioning of countries in the Western Hemisphere with respect to its democratic characteristics, human rights abuses, torture, political prisoners, lack of autonomy of public branches and lack of transparent, fair elections. All these elements are in place for the purposes of integration; sadly, Venezuela does not meet those requirements," López explained.
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The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."

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