On Feb 12th, 2014 the Venezuelan people took to the streets to exercise their right to protest against an oppressive government that has consistently failed to meet even the most basic needs of it's citizens like security, access to food and medicine, and freedom of speech.
The government responded to the peaceful protests by deploying the Bolivarian National Guard and other Venezuelan security forces to violently silence protesters no matter the cost.
As of March 21st, according to the NGO Foro Penal Venezolano, 22 protesters have lost their lives at the hands of government forces.
According to the NGO Foro Penal Venezolano, as of March 20th there had been over one thousand arrests, many without due process, and over 150 wounded from gunfire and other means of violent repression.
Among those arrested in relation to the protests was opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who turned himself in February 18th after days of persecution.
Leopoldo was publicly hand-picked for arrest by many high-ranking government officials, and many others members of his political party, Voluntad Popular, are currently being persecuted purely for political reasons.
More information about Leopoldo’s arrest at www.freeleopoldo.com.
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