The opposition leader prevented from leaving the country

The leader of the venezuelan opposition, Henrique Capriles, has accused Thursday the authorities have prevented from leaving the country, at a time of extreme tension for the president Nicolas Maduro. Looters and security forces are still faced in the night from Wednesday to Thursday.

This former candidate to the presidential election, that he had lost little against the head of State, was supposed to go to New York to meet Friday with the High commissioner of the UN for Human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“I’m not going to be able to attend the meeting with the High commissioner for Human rights,” said Mr Capriles in a video broadcast live over the internet from the international airport of Maiquetia, Caracas. He added, “without a passport”, without more details.

On other images posted online, Capriles appears by train to claim his / her passport to the authorities, in an office of the immigration section of the airport.

Return to Caracas

“I was informed that my passport has been cancelled,” he said. “My passport is valid until 2020. What they want is that I did not go to the united Nations,” he says, pretending to be “retained” by the authorities.

“I hope that the confiscation of the passport of Henrique Capriles is not a measure of retaliation because he was going to meet me tomorrow at the UN, reacted on Twitter to the High commissioner.

Mr. Capriles was shown on the same social network that he intended to take advantage of this meeting to present the case of the protesters, “fallen (killed, ed), injured, jailed,” as well as evidence of “repression” by the authorities against the wave of protests against the socialist president.

After this episode at the airport, he announced that he was returning to Caracas to participate in a new demonstration Thursday in the capital, against the “brutal repression”.

“Who are we? Venezuela! What do we want? Freedom!” shouted during this time in the street, the first demonstrators, who started to scroll in different points of the capital. Other rallies were held in several cities of the country.

The father of a family killed

Venezuela is shaken since the 1 April by a wave of protests and violence, of which the balance sheet is growing each day. Looters and security forces are still faced in the night from Wednesday to Thursday, in the west of the country in which three soldiers will be charged for the death of a father of a family mortally wounded by a shot in the neck while he was on her way home, a-t-on learned from witnesses.

After six weeks of anti-government protests, 44 people have been killed and hundreds more were injured or imprisoned.

Determined to get the departure of the president via early general elections, the opposition has a majority in Parliament since the end of 2015, does not fail, and mobilizes every day thousands of people.

State of emergency

Popular anger is fueled by the deep economic and social crisis in the oil country, ruined by the fall in crude prices and hit by a severe shortage of food and medicines, the inflation the highest in the world and a crime spiralled out of control.

Since the beginning of the protest movement, the opposition leaders are denouncing the “brutal repression” by the authorities, while the government accuses its opponents of promoting “terrorist acts” in view of a “coup d’etat”.

“Assassin Capriles!” started the president on Wednesday night, accusing him of directing, with the president of the national Assembly, Julio Borges, “bands of terrorists”.

In this climate of extreme tension, the president Maduro has on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 2,600 soldiers in the State of Tachira (west), near the colombian border, after looting and attacks against installations of the police and the army.

The day before, the head of State had again extended the state of economic emergency, in force since January 2016, which allows him to restrict the “guaranteed” constitutional and to take special measures of”social, economic, political, and legal”. (tty/nxp)

Created: 18.05.2017, 22h43

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