March 2, 2021

"Political prisoners" of Venezuela protest after the death of a detained military

The Venezuelan military and civilians imprisoned in the headquarters of the Military Counterintelligence Directorate (Dgcim) protested demanding the respect of human rights, after the death of Captain Rafael Acosta Arevalo in that center, confirmed on Wednesday relatives of detainees and deputies of the country.

Earlier, versions of a supposed mutiny of the political prisoners held in the Dgcim had circulated on social networks.

The opposition deputy Delsa Solorzano clarified that it was not a riot, but that "political prisoners are raised in protest demanding respect for their human rights."

Solórzano insisted that the detainees raised "their voice against oppression" and described the precarious sanitary conditions in which "60 people share a single bathroom" and there are several prisoners who "presumably have contagious diseases".

He reiterated that the state of health of the detainees in the Dgcim "is quite delicate", taking into consideration that "they have all been brutally tortured".

"A citizen was killed inside Dgcim, Captain Acosta Arévalo," he said, at the same time that he demanded that the Prosecutor's Office "leave the mockery to the family and turn over the body so they can give it a Christian burial."

The death of the frigate captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, according to qualification of the Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office, occurred on June 29 during his detention in the Military Counterintelligence Directorate (Dgcim).

Meanwhile, Deputy Dennis Hernandez reported that the International Red Cross was asked to mediate to "verify the state of health" of the prisoners in the Dgcim.

Sara de La Sotta, mother of navy captain Luis Humberto de La Sotta, who has been detained for one year and is accused of military rebellion, said he fears "for his life", because he suffers "inhumane conditions" , like the rest of his companions.

"The wives squeezed them so hard that they took sores, they gave him sticks, they had him in a dark room for 33 days where they threw the food on the floor and did his necessities there and they did not remove it", described De La Sotta about the I try that, he says, he received his son when he was arrested a year ago.

He added that the captain "has a terrible depression, with what has just happened with that of Captain Acosta Arévalo", as he was his instructor.

Lilie Barboza, who identified herself as a relative of one of the military detainees in the Dgcim, demanded that "the human rights of our military and civilian political prisoners be respected" and requested that the delegates left in Caracas by the UN High Commissioner the DD.HH., Michelle Bachelet, "will appear in the place".

Barboza considered that if the UN delegation "is not able to enter the Dgcim" to verify the status of the detained military personnel, then they should take their bags and leave the country.

According to Barboza, in recent days the authorities of the Dgcim "have banned calls" and limits to "the hours of the family meeting" were possible.

On the information that circulated early Wednesday, about an alleged mutiny of the military detainees, Barboza said that "there is a lot of misinformation" and therefore the relatives appeared at the seat of the security entity to "know what is happening."

He noted that "there is a certain nervousness because there are more and more military detainees in the place."

Barboza also said that "there are outbreaks of possible contagious diseases such as hepatitis A and C".

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