The Lara State Bar Association supported its colleague Eva Leal after she was beaten and arrested by Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) officers on Tuesday, June 23rd, National Lawyer’s Day.
The lawyers compared the violence of the officials of Nicolas Maduro’s regime with the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, United States.
“We raise our voice in protest against the outrage and abuse of authority suffered yesterday, National Day of the Lawyer, with our colleague Eva Sofia Leal,” reads the published statement.
The organization said that the violence applied to Leal was unjustified and disproportionate. They assured that at least six officials participated in the incident.
“The conduct of the security forces should be in line with the patterns of public awareness and not repression,” the statement continued.
The Bar Association assured that they would go to the utmost lengths to get justice in Leal’s case and demanded that the necessary corrections be applied against the guards involved.
The lawyers urged the authorities to work with ethics and morality in the face of Leal’s case and his fellow citizens.
“We demand the immediate release of Eva Sofia Leal,” they concluded.
The Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights (DDHH), Humberto Prado, rejected the violent act and the detention of the lawyer.
Prado reported that he is taking action before the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the Inter-American Human Rights System, and the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Venezuela.