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Crisis in Venezuela: Nicolás Maduro’s regime arrested three members of a human rights NGO

Javier Tarazona, director of the NGO Fundaredes, along with 3 members of his team, He was arrested and charged with terrorism, treason and incitement to hatred, for denouncing the crimes committed in the border areas by the narco-guerrilla groups protected by the Nicolás Maduro regime.

The Third Control Court of Caracas ruled this Saturday the deprivation of liberty against four Human Rights activists: Javier Tarazona, Omar de Dios García, Jhonny Romero and José Rafael Tarazona, summarily without the right to defend themselves with their own lawyers denounces another NGO as Foro Penal.

From victims to victimizers. The members of Fundaredes, dedicated to monitoring what happens in the border states of Venezuela, they were secretly detained this Friday when they went to the Falcón State Prosecutor’s Office (in the northwest of the country) to report the threats and the persecution of which they were being victims by security officials.

The kidnapping of the activists mobilized national and international NGOs and reached the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to intercede for the release of the representatives of Fundaredes.

In the first place, the Caracas court assigned the Fundaredes defendants to the Hombre Nuevo de La Planta prison in Caracas, but later they were transferred to the SEBIN headquarters in El Helicoide (Bolivarian political police) where political prisoners are interned.

The Chavista judicial system has dismissed that Javier Tarazona is protected by the precautionary measures of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS.

In his various conversations with Clarion, Tarazona has denounced that Colombian narcoguerrillas like the ELN and the dissidents of the FARC already control a large part of the national territory, some 17 states, especially the border areas of Apure, Amazonas, Bolívar, Carabobo, Táchira, Zulia, Falcón and Sucre, where they traffic drugs, the so-called “blood gold”, diamonds and coltan, thanks to the protection they receive from the Chavista regime.


Also has denounced the complicity of the high command of the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) by allowing irregular armed groups to act freely in border areas. This is the case of the military confrontations in Apure last April when the narco-guerrillas kidnapped 8 Venezuelan officers and handed them over in exchange for setting the Apure state free.

Juan García, coordinator of Fundaredes in Apure, affirms that the narcoguerrilla recruits Venezuelan children and youth to cultivate the coca fields and marijuana in the area. “Most of these people recruited by armed groups are migrants fleeing the complex Venezuelan humanitarian emergency.”

“From Fundaredes we emphasize to the migrant population to take the respective considerations in relation to this form to operate the guerrillas and drug trafficking”, Highlighted García.

Javier Tarazona declared us last year that there were at least 70 clandestine tracks in 6 border states dedicated to transporting drugs to the Caribbean.

Fundaredes has counted with photographs 31 slopes in Apure, 4 in the north of Táchira, 4 in Zulia and 4 in Falcón. “All these clues are being used by terrorist groups such as the ELN and FARC dissidents to generate resources to support themselves for the extraction of drugs and gold.”

He also denounced that the irregular armed groups they maintain radio stations to indoctrinate the residents of the border without the Chavista regime closing them. He also protested that the Chavista leaders have confiscated farms and livestock from Venezuelans and handed them over to the guerrilla leaders.



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