CARACAS – Former Venezuelan presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said Thursday that immigration officials took and retained his passport at the Caracas airport, from where he had been scheduled to fly to New York to meet with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“They stole (the passport) from me at immigration, because that’s what it is, I’m already outside the immigration area, unfortunately, away from all the UN people, I haven’t been able to travel, I’m not going to be able to attend the meeting with the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” said Capriles in a video he posted on his Twitter account from the airport.
The governor of Miranda state left the international terminal at Maiquetia Airport, located in the coastal state of Vargas, and said that he will return to Caracas to join the march to the Interior Ministry called by the opposition.
Capriles had announced a few hours earlier that he would travel to New York to “personally” present to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights “all the cases of the fallen, injured, prisoners, repression” registered during the protests against the Venezuelan government over the past month-and-a-half.
A number of the opposition protests against the Nicolas Maduro government have degenerated into violence that has left 45 people dead, hundreds injured and hundreds more under arrest.
Capriles’ complaint about having his passport retained by Venezuelan authorities comes after two other opposition figures reported the same thing after they had gone to international authorities to discuss the ongoing Venezuelan crisis.
On Jan. 27, opposition lawmaker Luis Florido, the president of the Foreign Policy Committee in Parliament, reported that the authorities had cancelled his passport.
On Feb. 7, opposition lawmaker Williams Davila, who is also a member of the Foreign Policy Committee in Parliament, also complained that his passport had been cancelled, and that on that occasion the authorities claimed that the document was anonymously reported “stolen,” and since then he has not been issued a new one so that he can travel abroad.