Venezuela: 43 arrests on union march in Maracay

(12/03/10, 4:45pm local time): 43 people have been arrested in a demonstration for labour and human rights and the return of collective contracts in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, Venezuela. Amongst the detained are three members of the human rights organisation, Provea, and an editor of the anarchist newspaper El Libertario.

Information is still scarce, but it appears that the demonstration – which had been organised by around 30 separate unions and was comprised of more than 200 people – was prevented from moving off by police, who attacked the assembled with tear gas. In the process of dissolving the congregated mass – who were calling for the right to protest, the return of collective contracts and freedom for Rubén González, the imprisoned union leader in Bolívar state – some 43 individuals were detained.

The three detained comrades thus far identified are Rafael Uzcategui (from El Libertario, and there in his capacity as an official human rights observer with Provea), Marcos Ponce and Robert Calzadilla. “Unfortunately, it is to do with our stance against the intolerance of social protest,” commented a Provea spokesman in Caracas. “We hope that our comrades will soon be granted unconditional freedom”.

More news forthcoming as and when, for the meantime, Spanish speakers can check this article on the website of the antichavista daily, El Universal.

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