A group of political prisoners is on strike since Wednesday at the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) in Caracas, denounce that they are subjected to torture and ask for the intervention of the Catholic Church and other agencies, reported the Venezuelan Criminal Forum NGO .
“The situation is the same, it is maintained internally, until the last information, a protest by prisoners, inside El Helicoide (as the Sebin headquarters are also known). However, we have no official information about it, “said the director of the Venezuelan Criminal Forum, Alfredo Romero, to the online channel Vivo Play.
In new videos broadcast on social networks, we see a large group of prisoners asking for their freedom.
“This is a message that I address to the Holy See, to Pope Francis and especially to my friend Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, at the moment more than 300 prisoners are in a peaceful protest in El Helicoide“, says in an audio-visual the leader Vilca Fernández – arrested in 2016 without that until now the details of his capture are known -.
“There are people here who have not even been presented in court, our situation is extremely delicate, there are wounded, we are only asking for the intervention of international organizations, of the Catholic Church, of the Red Cross. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Cardinal Baltazar Porras (…) please cooperate, “he added.
On Wednesday night, representatives of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference (CEV) went to the headquarters of the Sebin to request information about the prisoners which was denied.
The CEV issued a statement asking the State to respect the human rights of political prisoners.
Tarek William Saab, attorney general, reported on Wednesday through Twitter that a commission from his office attended the headquarters of the Sebin to address the situation, the relatives of the prisoners said Thursday that they have not yet been given information.
Inmates ask for help through different videos broadcast on social networks. They denounce that there are minors detained with them, an assertion reiterated by human rights organizations in the country.
Somos más de 300 presos, aquí hay menores de edad, mujeres, heridos, 59 presos políticos. Nos dispararon bombas lacrimógenas, balas de goma. Esto es una manifestación pacífica para que cesen las torturas y violaciones a los DDHH del Régimen de Maduro. #CumplanPeticionesHelicoide pic.twitter.com/mIuanOzvKr
— Lorent Saleh (@LORENT_SALEH) 17 de mayo de 2018
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