CARACAS – A total of 5,051 people have been detained in Venezuela since the wave of anti-government protests began on April 1, the non-governmental organization Foro Penal reported on Monday.
Of the 5,051 detainees, about 10 percent are women, and the majority is young people and students. More than 1,300 of those arrested during demonstrations still remain behind bars, Foro Penal director Alfredo Romero said on his Twitter account.
Security forces arrested 96 people on July 30 during nationwide protests against the National Constituent Assembly promoted by the government in order to reorganize the legal system in Venezuela.
According to the Venezuelan Attorney General, at least 10 people were killed during the demonstrations against the elections on July 30, bringing the total death toll from the anti-government protests that began in April 1 to 121.
Foro Penal, which provides legal assistance to detainees, also revealed that 527 of those arrested during nearly four months of protests have been tried in military courts despite being civilians.
According to a list compiled by the human rights organization and certified by the Organization of American States (OAS) on July 29, there are currently 498 “political prisoners” in Venezuela.