MEPs called on Thursday the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro to immediately release Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, as well as Daniel Ceballos and all peaceful opposition and students and detained protesters “arbitrarily” by the authorities.
In a joint resolution of the four major groups of Parliament MEPs expressed their “deep concern at the deteriorating situation in Venezuela and the use of violence against demonstrators”.
The joint text signed by Popular (PPE), Social Democrats (S & D), Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) and liberals (ALDE) called for “an end to political persecution and repression of the democratic opposition” and must be eliminated “censorship media. ”
On the arrests, they claimed that be carry out prompt and impartial investigations on respect for the principle of presumption of innocence.
Also, remember the importance of the independence of the judiciary and separation of powers for Democracy and Justice notes that “can not be a political weapon”.