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Governor terms "unacceptable excess" the militarization of Táchira state

José Vielma Mora, the ruling party governor of the state of Táchira, southwest Venezuela, expressed his disagreement with the imprisonment of former police chief Iván Simonovis and opposition leader Leopoldo López. "I am not part of the regime; I was elected by the people of Táchira"

Vielma Mora admitted that the region is hit by short supply of staples (File photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday February 24, 2014  12:02 PM
José Vielma Mora, the ruling party governor of the state of Táchira, southwest Venezuela, has described "as an excess" the military overfly and militarization of San Cristóbal, the capital city of Táchira state, to deter demonstrations taking place in the region in recent days.  "I got angry because of the military planes overflying Táchira; it was an unacceptable excess," Mora said in an interview with radio news station ONDA.

"I am not part of the regime; I was elected by the people of Táchira," the governor pointed out.

Mora admitted that there has been excess when breaking up demonstrations, and commented that he requested the replacement of the chief of the Comprehensive Defense Strategic Region (REDI). "I am against repression. Any student demonstration must be attended to; they (demonstrators) have the right to protest."

The governor highlighted that Táchira state has not been militarized and that the Internet service has not been shut down.

"I am against censorship of any kind," Mora remarked.

He additionally admitted that he has made mistakes in dealing with demonstrators and apologized for his actions.

With reference to political detainees, Vielma Mora commented he was "not in favor of the imprisonment of former police chief Iván Simonovis and opposition leader Leopoldo López," and called for their release.

Furthermore, the governor also admitted that food supply in the region is harmed by the foreign exchange distortions.

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