The deputy to the National Assembly, Dinorah Figuera, condemned the detention of six young people in the state of Aragua for the simple fact of carrying out disinfection campaings against COVID-19.
Figuera stated that “these youngsters had started a campaign called #MasVidaParaRibas in the State of Aragua, which sought to reduce and prevent COVID-19 infections in La Victoria. That is why today I denounce this serious detention because now they arrest those who exercise community actions and health promotion, further violating the already battered rule of law.
Furthermore, the leader of Primero Justicia explained that Fidel Torres, Carlos Zapata, Daniel Zapata, Yonathan Alvarado, José Páez and Héctor González, carried out social disinfection work at the Invica Residences, with their respective biosafety suits that were confiscated from them. “The residents of the sector were very grateful for this campaings and even more so for being carried out by young people concerned about the increase in coronavirus infections,” she said.
Likewise, she condemned that the crimes that they want to charge them with are resistance to authority, environmental damage, handling and use of chemical products without permission and incitement to hatred “because, what harm were these young people doing? They, like everyone else, are concerned because the population has not yet been vaccinated and they know there is an increase in coronavirus cases, which is a fact that is perceived throughout Venezuela.”
She added special thanks to the neighbors movements and student unions that have rejected these detentions.
Finally, Dinorah Figuera demanded the full freedom of these six young ‘Aragüeños’ and at the same time, demanded that the vaccination plans for the Venezuelan people be known. In addition, she called on international organizations “to take this case as a new and serious case of violation of Human Rights of these young Venezuelans and students, when they are an example for the country.”