March 6, 2021

An offering in memory of a dead soldier is withdrawn from the headquarters of the Venezuelan Navy

Officials of the Navy of Venezuela withdrew on Monday a wreath that had brought to the seat of this component a group of public employees in honor of the military Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who died on Saturday when he was in prison and in the custody of the Government of Nicolás Maduro .

Efe noted that the workers, critical of the Venezuelan government's management, placed a wreath on the doors of the administrative headquarters of the Venezuelan Navy in Caracas, where they also offered a "prayer for the soul" of the dead soldier, who belonged to this component.

But several military men carrying arms withdrew the offering and demanded that the demonstrators – who did not exceed the score – leave the place for "security" reasons.

"Not even (they allowed us to be) in a nearby area because (they said) it was an area of ​​security," the president of the Federation of Associations of University Professors of Venezuela (Fapuv), Lourdes Ramírez de Viloria, was disappointed.

"We already know that this is the position of this usurping regime, (but) today we came to comply with the Venezuelan Navy," he added.

The government confirmed on Saturday the death of Acosta Arévalo, who was detained and was being investigated for allegedly being involved in the orchestrating a coup d'état that included the assassination of the main Chavismo leaders, including Nicolás Maduro.

According to reports from the Venezuelan press, Acosta Arévalo was arrested on June 21 by officials of the Military Counterintelligence General Directorate (Dgcim), but the reasons for his apprehension were not indicated at that time.

His defense and opposition spokesmen said on Saturday that the soldier, who had passed into the "active reserve," was tortured to death and the last time he was seen alive, when he was brought before a court, he could not keep up. standing or talking.

The Government of Maduro denounced last Wednesday that deactivated a coup d'etat that would take place between June 23 and 24.

A day later, the attorney general, Tarek Saab, informed that Acosta Arévalo was part of the conspiracy, and that he was being investigated along with 13 other civilians and soldiers.

Venezuela, the country with the largest proven oil reserves on the planet, is going through a pressing crisis that worsened last January, when Maduro swore a new mandate that is not recognized by the opposition and part of the international community and, in response, the chief of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself interim president.

Guaidó already has the support of more than 50 countries, with the United States in the lead, despite not controlling the bureaucracy or the Armed Forces of the country.

At the end of last April, Guaidó led along with a group of soldiers a failed rebellion, which later led to anti-government protests in which at least 5 people died, almost 100 were injured and more than 200 were arrested.

Saab said on June 11 that there are 17 detainees in April and that another 17 people are being investigated.

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