The Murder of Judge Reflects High Level of Violence in Venezuela

The murder of a judge while trying to evade a barricade, highlighted not only the outburst of violence in the protests against President Nicolás Maduro which left 63 dead, but also of the crime that hits the Venezuelans.

Judge Nelson Moncada, 37, was intercepted in his car Wednesday night by people blocking an avenue in western Caracas who, in order to avoid his flight, shot him to death, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Once reduced, Moncada, who had failed cases linked to the opposition, was stripped of his belongings.

The government raised the hypothesis that the murder was ordered by the opposition, since Moncada was one of the judges who ratified the sentence against the opponent Leopoldo López to almost 14 years of jail last August, accused of inciting violence in Protests.

The Prosecutor included him in the list of deaths during the opposition demonstrations against Maduro, who until now, has 63 dead protesters under his belt since the 1st. of April.

The crime came after a day in which the opponents of the government tried to march once again toward the center of Caracas, without succeeding.

In the capital, these mobilizations are usually dissolved at the tip of tear gas and jets of water, and degenerate into riots that cause chaos in the city.

Protests calling for general elections often extend through the night with barricades, where hooded men burn garbage and ask money from drivers and passers-by to fund resistance actions.

Many streets are desolate, in a city where for a long time, rules a curfew not declared by high crime

Opponents mounted in a tank truck raised their fists in a protest this Friday against the government of President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas (AFP)

Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters of the Venezuelan government marched yesterday to the Prosecutor’s Office in Caracas to ask its owner, Luisa Ortega, to resign if he “is not able to impart justice.”

For their part, the prosecutor asked Maduro to reject the Constitutional Assembly that will be voted in July and to advance the elections of governors.

The prosecutor has distanced himself from the government by rejecting the Constitutional Assembly, considering it will aggravate the crisis, and criticize decisions of the highest court against the Parliament.


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