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Germany worried about arrests and victims in protests in Venezuela



January 30, 2019 10:25 AM
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Updated January 30, 2019 10:30 AM

The government of Germany called on State agencies to "not try to quell with violence" the demonstrations convened for Wednesday by the opposition and expressed skepticism at the proposal of President Nicolás Maduro to advance the parliamentary elections.

"The right to a peaceful demonstration must be guaranteed," Government spokesman Steffen Seibert warned, after expressing the "high concern" of his Executive for the high number of victims, "including minors", registered in previous mobilizations.

Regarding the provision expressed by Maduro to anticipate the elections to the National Assembly, but not the presidential ones, a spokesman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled that their ranks lost the last legislative elections, which allegedly would explain their interest in anticipating them.

Rupert Colville, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, indicated that 77 minors were arrested for protesting against Maduro


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