Murder in Venezuela

From the November-December 2018 issue of News & Letters

Just days after the Saudi regime murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro murdered its own critic, Fernando Alban Salazar, in equally horrific fashion.

Alban, who lived in New York with his family, was seized by the regime’s Bolivarian National Intelligence Service at the airport in Caracas and thrown from a tenth story window of secret police headquarters on Oct. 8. As the Saudis did with Khashoggi, the authorities lied, in this case claiming Alban committed suicide while in custody.

Hundreds of protesters marched in Caracas with signs saying “We will not give up!” Opposition and foreign politicians have demanded an investigation and justice for Alban.

Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab, who was once a poet, appeared on television to accuse his regime’s victim of “necrophilia” and “irreligion.” Thus does oppression degrade its practitioners.

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