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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Venezuela: More students arrested

Juan Andrés Mejias, a student of the highest level University of Venezuela, Universidad Simón Bolivar and his 3 brothers was arrested last Saturday and charged of "incitement to hate" when they delivered some brochures in the Caracas Olympic Stadium where a match game from Copa America was held (that stadium, by the way, belongs to and is built inside the UCV University).

Two days ago, a judge sentenced the 4 students (from age 18 to 25) to parole, with a prohibition to assist to any kind of public demonstration. Also they had to present each 8 days to the tribunal.

Juan Andrés Mejias is candidate to the Presidency of the Student Council of USB University. There is also a denounce to Great Mayor of Caracas, Juan Barreto for beat a Professor in the mentioned Stadium. Saturday the stadium welcomed the match for the 3rd and 4th place of the soccer tournament Copa America. Watch video here.

Also last Sunday on Maracaibo city, a student bus was captured by army forces and all of the students on the bus and the chauffeur was taken to a Military Base, the motive of the capture was possession of brochures advertising a demonstration. At this time we don't have any more information of these persons, but they still remain captive by Chavez regime.

Photo courtesy of newspaper "El Tiempo" Online edition.

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