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The Political Prisoners We All forget

Their faces have not appeared in any public manifestation portrayed in any banner, or brochures, or in social media. Their names were sentenced by someone with "revolutionary authority" that involved them in a case without conclusive evidence, even with assumptions that even though they were dismantled, that was worth little or nothing to reverse the aim, i.e. to criminalize the protest, frighten the protesters, leave someone behind bars. The official discourse that is determined to ensure that there are only political prisoners in Venezuela does not fit to them. These are ordinary Venezuelans who have ended up as political prisoners, particularly as forgotten political prisoners.

12/21/2017 11:41:24 AM

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He was identified as alias "El Zeta", leader of the "terrorist cell KMKZ", alleged activist of one of the most important parties of the Venezuelan opposition (Primero Justicia) and one of the main attackers of the Francisco de Miranda air base, in Caracas, in one of the days of protests against the Nicolás Maduro regime from April to July 2017. "He is attracted to explosives. He used pyrotechnic devices to attack officials of the security forces and the armed forces. When captured, he was seized 5 nipples, 20 rockets and a pound of gunpowder," said the police file.

Everything was summed up in a 45-second presentation, as powerful as its presenter, broadcasted on the state channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), in the program "Con el mazo dando" run by the number two of Chavismo, Diosdado Cabello Rondón. Alexander Sierra, the young labeled, was sentenced in that transmission, despite the irregularities that according to his lawyers, surrounded the case.