After an alleged ‘raid operation’ by state security agencies, two victims were murdered in the ‘La Coqueta’ sector and Palo Verde village in the Morán Municipality of Lara State by alleged officials of the FAES and CICPC and these, accordingb to relatives, arrived at the houses without a court order, broke into the houses while threatening everybody and ended the lives (euphemism for killed) of two young people in El Tocuyo.
The Parliamentary Block of the legitimate National Assembly for Lara State, traveled to the place to verify the events. During this visit here present the deputies Edgar Zambrano, Guillermo Palacios and Macario Gonzáles , on behalf of the parliamentary block.
Edwin Alexander Pérez Parra (24) assassinated on July 8th, and Keimert José Flores Gutiérrez (24) assassinated on July 13th. Both athletes and parents. Their relatives, even with the uncertainty of not knowing the real reason for these events, say that the actions led by the aforementioned security forces have occurred on other occasions, fear to file a complaint because they are being “intimidated”, and they point out that these threats have become the norm.
“On Thursday, July 8th, at around four in the morning, a commission of approximately 40 officials from the FAES arrived banging the door. They broke into my house in ‘La Coqueta’ sector between 10th and 9th streets, they took my wife, daughter-in-law and grandchildren out of the house, took us to the town of ‘Palo Verde’ and left us abandoned there. My son Edwin stayed inside the house and at 6 o’clock in the morning, when we were able to get back here they had already murdered Edwin, they shot him dead in the backyard of our house,” said Edgar Pérez, Edwin Alexander’s father.
The case of Keimert Flores follows basically the same pattern, his widow Scarlin Castillo, testified what happened in her presence, that of her sister-in-law and her months-old baby, also in the early hours of the morning, when a squad of the CICPC arrived at her house “knocking down the door at once.”
“They entered looking for Keimert, when he hears the screams he manages to hide. They find me in the room with the baby and my 13-year-old sister-in-law and they begin to ask me where he was. I told them that he was not there, that he was not. They insulted me, hit me in the face, grabbed me, hit me in the mouth. While they held us in the room, the commissioner entered and called three of the officers who were there, gave the order to knock everything down and when they lifted the furniture they found him. They started beating it with a wooden bat, they hit him hard.”
“He was beaten to death”
Scarlin assured that her husband Keimert Flores, who also served in the Venezuelan military, was the victim of a brutal grit “they hit him with a wooden bat on the head, there were blows and blows,” she said that when he began to bleed, there was a moment when she did not move anymore, she did not speak, then the officers managed to get her out of the house with her baby and sister-in-law. “They killed him with bats, they smashed his head, because a shot was never heard, it was horrible,” she said.
Both families agreed that the abuse and outrage by the security agencies was not only made evident by the extrajudicial executions committed, but also by the theft of their belongings, food, cooking gas bottles, clothing, shoes and other items that they were carried away when they searched inside their homes. “They took everything, food, clothes, shoes, tools,” they denounced.
Justice and the possibility that these events do not go unpunished are the requests of the victims’ relatives before the National Parliament commission, since in their opinion the uniformed men operate in these villages around ‘El Tocuyo’, with total self-determination and belligerence.
The Parliamentary Block will present the facts of these eve3nts to international human rights bodies
The complaint was received by the commission of parliamentarians who came to the scene to substantiate the facts and submit the respective report to the plenary session of the Delegate Commission of the Legislative Power, as well as to international human rights bodies.
“The extrajudicial executions committed in the Morán Municipality of Lara constitute a flagrant violation of human rights, for this reason we will carry out all the corresponding actions so that there is justice in the country,” sustained the Lara Bloc.