Trudeau Welcomes Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tintori to Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 17, 2017, 10:35 am
Trudeau Welcomes Venezuelan Opposition Leader Tintori to Demand Freedom for Political Prisoners
Lilian Tintori has been on tour with the intention of spreading awareness about the harsh repression protestors are undergoing in Venezuela. (Twitter)

EspañolLilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday, May 16, to discuss the country’s political crisis and request assistance in freeing the political prisoners of dictator Nicolás Maduro.

“I told Justin Trudeau that we have been protesting peacefully for 46 days, and how Maduro gives orders to repress Venezuelans who want a better country,” she wrote on her Twitter. “I told him that Maduro does not respect democracy, that he has initiated two coups d’état.”

Tweet: I told @JustinTrudeay that Maduro does not respect democracy, he started two coups d’état and now wants to use a false constituency.

According to Tintori, the Canadian Prime Minister “listened attentively to the cruel treatment of Leopoldo Lopez and other Venezuelan political prisoners.”

She told Justin Trudeau that they have killed 51 people during the protests because the dictatorship’s order is to shoot without mercy.”

She also told the story of Diego Arellano, 31, who died while protesting peacefully May 16 in San Antonio, Miranda.

“I spoke with Lilian Tintori about the democratic crisis in Venezuela and Canada’s call on the government to release political prisoners,” Trudeau tweeted afterward.

Tintori has been on tour throughout the region with the intention of raising awareness about the harsh repression Venezuelans suffer at the hands of Maduro’s dictatorship, especially when protesting in the streets.

At the meeting with Justin Trudeau, Tintori was accompanied by Antonieta Lopez, the mother of Leopoldo Lopez.

She also met with officials of the Canadian Senate and human rights defenders.

Tweet: From Canada: Leader in the defense of human rights supports our fight for our rights #Venezuela.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

Chief of OAS Blames Top Venezuelan Ministers for Violent Repression of Protests

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 17, 2017, 8:58 am

EspañolSecretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro released another statement this week regarding the economic and political crisis in Venezuela. This time he blamed the murder of protesters directly on the country's Ministers of Interior and Defense Néstor Reverol and Vladimir Padrino Lopez, as well as Major General Benavides Torres of the Bolivarian National Guard. "The Bolivarian National Guard and its leader Major General Benavides Torres are directly responsible for repression," Almagro said. "He has murdered, deprived people of liberty and tortured. This brutal repression shows the National Guard to be a material perpetrator of the violation of rights to life, freedom and the guarantee of due process." The Secretary General denounced the actions of Reverol and Lopez, saying they were "responsible for every aggression, every shot and every death." Read More: EU Requests Venezuela to Respect Citizens’ Rights and Hold Elections Read More: Venezuelan Opposition Holds Nationwide Sit-down to Protest Dictatorship Almagro said the Bolivarian National Guard is an accomplice of the paramilitary groups that have been responsible for so much of the violence and death in recent protests. "They even support irregular or paramilitary groups that act against demonstrators," he said of the two officials. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López also received direct criticism from Almagro for having "deprived the Armed Forces of their fundamental commitments." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "He is fully responsible for adhering to the criminal conduct of murdering dozens of peaceful demonstrators and is fully responsible for applying military justice to peacefully demonstrating civilians," Almagro said. He said the Armed Forces can't continue killing and torturing people with impunity, and stressed that "murder and torture for political reasons, for thinking differently, is a crime against humanity, an international crime."

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