VENEZUELA POLITICS: Over 60 Students Detained in Protest: Opposition Leader

Politicoscope
By Politicoscope July 1, 2017 19:38
MOST POPULAR YOU MAY LIKE

POLITICS HOME: Current Political Article


The unrest was aggravated in early April after Venezuela’s Supreme Court decided to annul the powers of the opposition-controlled parliament.

Continue below with the full current political topic.

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Over 60 Students Detained in Protest: Opposition Leader

More than 60 students have been detained by Venezuelan security forces during the latest anti-government protests in the Latin American country, an opposition student leader says.

Daniel Ascanio, student leader from Simon Bolivar University, said Friday that police had apprehended 62 students during the latest wave of unrest.

About half of them, he said, had been detained a day earlier while trying to march to offices of the electoral authority in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Insisting that they had been protesting “peacefully,” he said, “There is no reason for them to be detained.”

Police fired tear gas and shotguns to disperse students, who had gathered on Thursday to demand the release of their friends and classmates in the wake of weeks-long protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

“Yesterday, more than 30 university students, from the Simon Bolivar University, Metropolitan University, Catholic University Andres Bello and Central University of Venezuela were kidnapped by state security forces, were kidnapped by The National Bolivarian Police in a totally atypical process, in a completely arbitrary detention in which they were held gagged and tied up in a truck,” said Alfredo Garcia, a student protester.

The oil-rich country has been the scene of intense anti-government protests for more than two months. Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters have left over 75 people dead and 1,300 wounded.

The unrest was aggravated in early April after Venezuela’s Supreme Court decided to annul the powers of the opposition-controlled parliament. The move was regarded as a violation of the country’s constitution. The decision was later revoked, but the protests have only continued.

The opposition, which blames Maduro for the county’s severe hyperinflation and widespread shortages of basic supplies, has been calling for an early presidential election meant to oust the president.

The Caracas government says the protests are incited by the Unites Stated to remove Maduro from power and has accused the opposition of hiring armed gangs. The opposition, too, has claimed the government has recruited criminal gangs to intimidate protesters.

– Press TV




Readers Who Read this Article Also Read


Up Next on Politicoscope

Share this Article: "VENEZUELA POLITICS: Over 60 Students Detained in Protest: Opposition Leader"



Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online Today


Politicoscope
By Politicoscope July 1, 2017 19:38
Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00



What's on Your Mind?