BRUSSELS – The European Union called on Thursday for a de-escalation of tensions in Venezuela and urged authorities to investigate the fatalities and acts of violence that occurred during the mass anti-government rallies.
Three people were killed, dozens injured and hundreds arrested in Venezuela on Wednesday as thousands of opposition protesters took to the streets against President Nicolas Maduro.
All those concerned, including members of the security forces, have the responsibility to act within the rules of law and respect human rights, a spokesperson for the EU external action service (EEAS) told EFE on Thursday.
The EU diplomacy service called for an investigation into the deaths that occurred during the political unrest, adding that those responsible must be brought to justice.
The EEAS urged citizens of Venezuela to come together to de-escalate the situation and find peaceful, democratic solutions.
Massive demonstrations engulfed major towns and cities in Venezuela on Wednesday in what was dubbed “the mother of all marches.”
Anti-government protesters and politicians have accused President Maduro of sliding towards dictatorship, while officials in the socialist government have claimed demonstrators were attempting a violent coup d’état.
The political crisis in Venezuela was exacerbated after the Supreme Court assumed some of the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly earlier this month.
A U-turn on the move failed to quell the violent opposition protests that swiftly followed.
The number of people killed in the political unrest has now risen to eight, including the national guardsman, and thousands of arrests have been made in the space of three weeks.