|Photo tweeted by Maria Corina Machado of students demanding release of compatriots|
February 9, 2014
To national public opinion and the international community:Yesterday, Saturday February 8th were presented before a Court that was established suddenly and irregularly in the Regional Command No. 1 of the National Guard ( Military Command CORE 1 ) the detainees from the student protests that occurred in the state of Táchira specifically those held on Thursday, February 6 at the Residence of the Governor when a few in hoods protested outside the residence throwing stones and causing damage to the protection grid.Two minors were detained on the same Thursday as Reinaldo Manrique Leonardo Manrique and Jesús Gómez were arrested on Friday the 7th when they went to the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN ) to inquire about their peers without the existence of an arrest warrant against them. They weren't arrested during any protest. Their crime was to appear before the authority to inquire about the fate of their companions.
The minors were presented before Courts and it is expected that they be granted alternative precautionary measures where the requirements of the Law are met All were charged with alleged offenses of theft, destruction of public property, minor injuries and conspiracy the latter referred to in the Organic Law Against Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing.We want to denounce not only the criminalization of protest but also the arbitrary arrests, the irregularity in the constitution of a Criminal Court within military installations to present a group of students and also the designation of a detention center that remains more than 800km away from the Natural Judge and the site where the incident occurred.
We call on all Venezuelan opinion and the international community to echo the voices of youth across the country who are at this moment demonstrating nonviolently exercising their constitutional rights to nonviolent protest rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denouncing the violence and abuse from the government being committed against students and youth leaders who have turned to the streets and have been repelled brutally and violently leaving two young gunshot victims in the State Mérida, three political prisoners in Táchira, two detained in Mérida yesterday whose names are: Alcides Márquez and Javier Dugarte and others right now with illegal arrest warrants against them.
By la Federación de Abogados de Venezuela: Norma Delgado.
By Foro Penal Venezolano: Gonzalo Himiob, Lilia Camejo.
By Nueva Conciencia Nacional: Tamara Sujú, Alba Caballero.
By Fundepro: Jackeline Sandoval.
By Damas de Blanco: Rosa Blanca Mármol de León, Haydée Deutsch.
By Fundeci: Elenis Rodríguez, Sonia Guanipa, Carlos Aponte.
By Una Ventana a La Libertad: Carlos Nieto Palma.
By Mujeres de Negro: Sonia Camacho, Katherina Andreoli.
By Espacio Civil: Alejandro Armas.
By Mujer y Ciudadanía: Aixa Armas.
Original statement in Spanish taken from the Christian Liberation website and translated here to English.