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VP party denounces gov't "persecution wave" at OAS

Members of Venezuelan anti-government “Voluntad Popular” (People’s Will) party denounced at the Organization of American States (OAS) that Caracas government has persecuted the country’s opposition 

Congress lawmaker Juan Andrés Mejía (foreground, right): “We are reporting on a wave of systematic persecution”

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11 de octubre de 2016 10:27 AM

Actualizado el 11 de octubre de 2016 10:36 AM

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VP party denounces gov't "persecution wave" at OAS

Representatives of Venezuelan opposition “Voluntad Popular” (People’s Will) party submitted to the Organization of American States (OAS) a report on government persecution against the party’s members. In that regard, they additionally requested protective measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

“The regime has persecuted more than 250 VP advocates; ten are behind bars, and three were convicted in 2014,” stressed VP member and Congress lawmaker Adriana Pichardo.

A press release read that the over-300 page report elaborates on persecution cases of VP members since 2014, including the cases of other dissenting leaders.

“We are denouncing a wave of systematic persecution, not only against Voluntad Popular, but also against leaders of other political organizations. We must remember the cases of (Zulia state ex-governor) Manuel Rosales and (Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas) Antonio Ledezma, as well as of leaders of (opposition alliance) Unified Democratic Panel (MUD),” said Congress legislator Juan Andrés Mejía

“It seems that Voluntad Popular is the epicenter of persecution. More than 200 members have been persecuted, two live clandestinely, and five in exile. This is a deplorable number which has increased much more in recent weeks. Still, we all know that the regime is about to end,” he concluded.

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