Venezuelan Military Forces Prisoners to Clean the Streets of Caracas at Gunpoint

Venezuelan Military Forces
The use of prisoners for manual labor is reminiscent for Venezuelans of other authoritarian regimes in the recent history of Venezuela. (Twitter)

Espa├▒olOn Wednesday, August 9, Venezuelans for Information published a video that shows prisoners cleaning the streets of Caracas under the supervision of troops from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.

“They are being observed at the moment,” said the reporter who filmed the scene. “They are Venezuelans, escorted by members of the Bolivarian National Guard on Libertador Avenue in the Libertador municipality, and you┬ácan see how they are cleaning up.”

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Prisoners were monitored by members of the GNB, who carried shotguns and high-caliber rifles. They wore yellow or blue uniforms, meaning they may have been part of El Rodeo holding center in Guatire in the state of Miranda.

#UltimaHora Prisoners clean the streets of Caracas under military supervision #9A #Venezuela

Some Twitter users compared the measure to previous authoritarian regimes in Venezuela’s recent history. Dictator Juan Vicente G├│mez, who held power from 1908 until 1935, employed┬áprisoners for the construction of new roads┬áthat were part of his highway plan.

Now, something similar may take shape in Venezuela.

With Resolution 9855, the Ministry of Socially Empowering Citizens for Labor announced┬áthat the Venezuelan government is considering whether to┬áforcibly “insert” workers from one company into another. That is, if the Venezuelan government should decide, for whatever reason, to┬álend a prison worker from one company to another company, nothing could be done to stop it.

According to Amnesty International, the new decree amounts is no different than forced labor.

Source: El Impulso

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