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Caracas, Sep 7 . .- The Special Actions Forces (FAES) of the Venezuelan Police, a body accused of perpetrating extrajudicial executions and whose dissolution has been requested by the UN, raided this Monday the headquarters of the NGO Acción Solidaria, dedicated to care for people with HIV and address the country’s health crisis.
They denounce the raid of a Venezuelan NGO that cares for people with HIV
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« A group of members of the FAES broke into our headquarters with a procedure of which we have no information or knowledge about their motives or purposes, » wrote Acción Solidaria on his Twitter account.
In addition, they explained that « at the time of presenting themselves at headquarters, communication has been lost with the staff of the organization’s teams » and, therefore, they do not know « what is happening in our foundation. »
« We are a care center for people affected in their health conditions », they stressed before adding that they work with « a humanitarian assistance program carried out in conjunction with United Nations bodies to protect people in their urgent needs for medicines and supplies ».
For this reason, they demanded that the police « guarantee the freedom and physical and mental integrity of the personnel who were carrying out their work, as well as preserve the inputs and supplies » with which they work and who serve « to serve the people who need them, to protect their lives and health « .
« To those who issue the orders to carry out this type of arbitrary procedure, we demand the cessation of acts of harassment and abuse, » they asked.
On the other hand, the director of the NGO Provea, Rafael Uzcátegui, explained in the same social network that seven workers from Acción Solidaria were arrested « and are being transferred at this time. »
« They said that the operation was for ‘sale of medicines’ and ‘delivery of expired medicines,’ » he said.
On the other hand, Feliciano Reyna, a member of Acción Solidaria, assured that the NGO program is coordinated with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) « and the whole of civil society organizations « that provide support to » vulnerable people. »
For this reason, he demanded « freedom and physical and mental integrity for humanitarian personnel. »