Authorities from President Donald Trump’s adminstration and the U.S. Congress expressed their firm condemnation of the forced disappearance of Venezuelan journalist Roland Carreño, with whom all communication has been lost for almost 24 hours.
Michael Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, expressed through his Twitter account: “The forced disappearance of Venezuelan journalist and representative of the interim government Roland Carreño is Maduro’s latest attempt to arbitrarily detain citizens in order to gag them and instill fear in them. Elections cannot be free or fair under such a regime. The world must hold Maduro accountable.”
The American Embassy in Venezuela stated that “Maduro continues its plan to intimidate and violate the human rights of its people with the forced disappearance of journalist Roland Carreño just after the attack on the workers of the Spanish Embassy, Carreño must be released immediately.”
The U.S. Senate also raised its voice. Republican Senator Marco Rubio wrote: “The violation of the human rights of Venezuelans does not cease. It has been more than 12 hours since the forced disappearance of Venezuelan journalist Roland Carreño whose whereabouts are unknown.”
His counterpart, also a Republican Senator Rick Scott, added: “They report that Roland Carreño, a Venezuelan journalist who denounced the atrocities of Nicolás Maduro, has been arbitrarily detained. This is another example of how Maduro censors dissidents. The world is watching. It is time for the regime to reveal his whereabouts”.
For her part, Democratic Congresswoman Donna Shalala said: “Venezuelan journalist Roland Carreño is missing. This is another tragic and illicit disappearance at the hands of Maduro’s authoritarian regime. Maduro and company will be held accountable.”
Her colleague, Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell said: “The forced disappearance of journalist Roland Carreño is a clear violation of human rights. No one has heard from him in more than 12 hours, including his lawyer and family. Maduro’s crimes against humanity must end.”
Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart said he was “deeply concerned about the forced disappearance of Venezuelan journalist Roland Carreño. One more of the many human rights violations and aggressions against the free press in Venezuela.”
The interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, denounced that: “It has been more than 12 hours since the disappearance of journalist Roland Carreño together with Yeferson Sarcos and Elías Rodríguez. The dictatorship seeks to annihilate the democratic alternative, as indicated in the UN report. They will not succeed. These crimes are not subject to the statute of limitations. We alert the world to their forced disappearance and hold the dictatorship responsible for their physical and mental integrity. Maduro, coward! Not even by kidnapping an entire country will you silence the voice of Venezuela.”