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Students are protesting in support to political prisoners in Venezuela. More than a hundred of them started a hunger strike today in front of the Organisation of American States (OAS). The protest asks for a visit from the delegation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in order to check on the captives situation.
The gathering which started five days ago got stronger on last Tuesday when the strike spread to five new states of the country. In the Anzoátegui state, four students who have been in strike from last Monday decided to get more radical and sew their mouths. The demonstrators claimed that they would add on stitch to their mouth per day of strike.
Miguel Henrique Otero, head of Movimiento 2D expressed that the students attitude was an “extraordinary expression of defence of the democracy” in a country where “spaces are shut” and “dissidence becomes a crime”.
“The government will have to give up and allow the IACHR to come to the country because it absurd that a government who ask them to go to Honduras do not allow them to come to its country” added the democratic movement leader.
The release of Julio Rivas, who was incarcerated during a march earlier this month, initiated the protest.
“Now, people know that Venezuela also has political prisoners” says Ana Julia Jatar, a Movimiento 2D demonstrator. “Thanks to them the national feeling of freedom is expending in whole country” she added.
Among the political prisoners are Lázaro Forero and Iván Simonovis, two commissioners accused of conspiration, as well as journalist Leocenis García.
The OAS Venezuelan ambassador called the hunger strike a pantomime. He also declared that they pretended to give support to private media and groups who conspire against the government.
Venezuelan National Assembly Vice-president, Saúl Ortega, accused the IACHR to manipulate public opinion in the country.