Fabiana Rosales explained that the 39-year-old Venezuelan was a victim of gender-based violence and inaction by police officers who were irresponsible and failed to provide her with the protection she deserved as a citizen.
“Karla is a victim of a system that does not care about generating policies forestalling violence against women, she is a Venezuelan who raised her voice urging protection for a system that only protects leaders, dark interests and the permanence in power at all costs,” said Rosales on Monday through her personal Twitter account.
She also explained that Ríos was raped, abused and not heard by the police institutions while she was trying to escape from her former partner and alleged murderer, Edward Chacón.
The First Lady recalled that gender and domestic violence is a pandemic in Venezuela, as is Covid-19, which leaves fatalities and scars in family units. She insisted that these murders are the result of neglect and negligence on the part of Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
Rosales reported that as of July there are 152 cases of feminicide in the country.
“As a woman I raise my voice against this scourge. It is urgent that there are measures of prevention and protection of the victims, as well as punishment against those who attack women or the family,” she added.
The First Lady assured that only in freedom will Venezuela be able to prioritize the creation of policies in favor of the family.
Karla Ríos Rodríguez had a five-year relationship with her alleged killer. After the relationship ended, Ríos went to the Scientific, Criminal and Criminalistic Investigations Corps (Cicpc) headquarters to report him for physical and verbal abuse. However, he was released after paying a fine.
After Chacón kidnapped her for three days, entered her apartment illegally and destroyed it, Ríos made the relevant reports and the police issued two restraining orders. Despite all these measures, Ríos was killed with a firearm on July 31st, 2020
Condeno el vil asesinato de Karla Ríos, de 39 años, víctima de la violencia de género y de la inacción de funcionarios que dejaron de velar por la seguridad de los venezolanos y que lejos de brindar protección, hacen caso omiso ante el llamado de la ciudadanía. pic.twitter.com/Zh0Ih05Cwx
— Fabiana Rosales (@FabiiRosales) August 3, 2020