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STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS | Spokesman expressed concern

Washington asks Maduro's government to respect freedom of expression

The US State Department called on the Venezuelan government to respect freedom of assembly, and called for dialogue in Venezuela in the aftermath of violent events on February 12

"The government of Venezuela has an obligation to respect basic rights," said US State Secretary John Kerry (Adolfo Acosta)
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Friday February 14, 2014  09:08 AM
The US State Department urged Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government to respect freedom of expression and assembly, and called for dialogue in the aftermath of the violent events on February 12 that left at least three dead and 60 injured during a rally convened by dissenters, EFE reported.

"We hope all parties to avoid violence and resolve their differences through dialogue. We call on the government of Venezuela to respect the human rights of its people," said a State Department spokesman who requested anonymity.

At least three people were killed and over 60 injured on Wednesday in Caracas and other cities of Venezuela during a protest day called by opposition groups against Maduro's government.

"Besides the special law authorizing Maduro to rule by decree -for a year- these actions heighten the concerns already expressed by Secretary of State John Kerry in November on weakening of democratic institutions in Venezuela," said the State Department spokesman.

"The government of Venezuela has an obligation to protect the basic rights and safety of its citizens and to ensure that government institutions respond effectively to the legitimate economic and social needs of its citizens," he added.

After protests against his government, Maduro, whom the opposition accused of suspending constitutional rights, denounced "Nazi-fascist resurgence" and rejected the violent riots.
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