The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights and Attention to Victims of the Republic, Humberto Prado, rejected this Thursday the detention of more than 13 indigenous people last December for participating in the so-called “Operation Aurora”.
The representatives of the non-governmental organization, Foro Penal, said that since the time of the arrest of the indigenous Pemón people by the General Directorate of Military Counter-Intelligence that is managed by the regime, they have been victims of the violation of their human rights.
“According to Article 260 of the Constitution, it is under the rules of this indigenous community that sanctions will be applied to those involved in this case,” Prado recalled through his personal Twitter account.
This article states that: “The legitimate authorities of the indigenous peoples may apply in their habitat instances of justice based on their ancestral traditions and that only affects their members, according to their own rules and procedures.”
Operation Aurora was led by a group of National Guard officers who rose up against the regime of Nicolás Maduro and took the Mariano Montilla Battalion in the Gran Sabana municipality by assault. 112 rifles and ammunition were stolen from the battalion on December 22nd.
The guards leading the operation identified themselves as Josué Abraham Hidalgo, Franklin Caldera and Ruso Cárdenas. These citizens assured that the weapons stolen from the 513rd Battalion in the south of the country “will be used for the protection of the people.”