At least 155 civilians have been arrested in Venezuela by order of military tribunals since the beginning of the wave of anti-government protests, the Venezuelan Penal Forum said on Friday.

The wave of demonstrations against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro caused at least 38 dead
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At least 155 civilians have been arrested in Venezuela by military court orders since the outbreak of anti-government protests on April 1, the Venezuelan Criminal Forum organization said on Friday.

According to the non-governmental human rights organization, 260 people were tried by military courts, an act that violates the Constitution, which provides that only soldiers should be present at this type of court.

Of the total, 155 were deprived of their liberty when sent to prison.

“Only in the [state of] Carabobo (north of the country), 23 people were present this Friday to military courts. The number will increase, “Luis Betancourt, a lawyer for the non-governmental organization, told French news agency AFP.

The wave of demonstrations against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has intensified since the beginning of April, several times in violent clashes that have killed at least 38 people and hundreds of wounded and detained, according to official figures.

Civilian judgments by the military are a “practice of dictatorships,” said Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), one of the most critical in the international situation of Venezuela. Triggered also a concern of the United Nations or the European Union.

 

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