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Students: Venezuelan government should guarantee safety during protests

Students, in white, intend to accompany the leader of opposition party Voluntad Popular Leopoldo López, who plans to show up Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior and Justice, downtown Caracas

Student leader Gaby Arellano said that students have staged demonstrations pursuant to the Constitution. "We are demanding respect for our rights" (File photo / Adolfo Acosta)
OCARINA ESPINOZA |  EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday February 18, 2014  09:03 AM
Student leader Gaby Arellano said on Tuesday that the Executive Office is responsible for peace and security of all Venezuelans taking part in rallies and demonstrations for any reasons.

"Today, everything that happens regarding the safety of all demonstrators not only in Caracas, but across the country, is in the hands of the Executive Office, especially Nicolás Maduro. Government must ensure the life of each one of us and be alert to outbreaks of violence."

Arellano said the armed groups and collectives "act under the guidelines of Nicolás Maduro." She also noted the Venezuelan president is responsible for the actions of the Armed Forces and the National Police.

Arellano told daily newspaper El Universal that students have staged demonstrations pursuant to the Constitution. "We are demanding respect for our rights."

The student described as regrettable the fact that the Executive Office is trying to spread the idea that dissidents and pro-government demonstrators are to clash in the streets on Tuesday.

Students, in white, intend to accompany the leader of opposition party Voluntad Popular Leopoldo López, who plans to show up Tuesday at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior and Justice, downtown Caracas. According to Arellano, López is to submit a document including "evidence of torture, unauthorized entries, and violation of due process against detainees."

For his part, Juan Requesens, the president of the University Student Federation, Central University of Venezuela (UCV), said they will support Leopoldo López, because "his detention is unjust, and such a move will not intimidate us."
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