Brazil condemns Venezuelan government for violent repression of opposition

    21 de abril de 2017

    Rio de Janeiro, Apr 20 (EFE).- Brazil on Thursday condemned the Venezuelan authorities for their violent repression of the opposition demonstrations, which left at least 3 dead and 62 wounded, and directly pointed to the Venezuelan government as the main responsible for such violence.

    "The Brazilian government condemns the Venezuelan authorities' violent repression against yesterday's demonstrations in defense of the restoration of democratic freedoms," the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday, adding that it is "deeply" sorry for the deaths.

    For the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "the primary responsibility for violence lies with the Venezuelan Government, for treating freedom of expression and opinion as a threat and for encouraging armed action against demonstrators."

    Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Wednesday both against and in favor of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

    According to data from the Public Ministry, during the protests in the metropolitan area of Caracas and in 14 other states, 3 people died, 62 were injured and 312 were arrested.

    The victims were a 23-year-old woman who was shot while passing a place close to an opposition rally in Tachira state, a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the head while passing one of the rallies in Caracas, and a police officer of the Bolivarian National Guard who was killed by a sniper in the capital.

    Brazil reiterated in their statement its "exhortation to the Venezuelan government to act with moderation in order to generate the conditions for peace and dialogue."

    The Brazilian government also urged its Venezuelan counterpart to respect the electoral calendar and to immediately fix the date for regional elections, as well as "to restore fundamental rights and freedoms, recognize and guarantee the independence of the powers and free all political prisoners." EFE