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Antonio Tajani on the arrests of opposition leaders in Venezuela

Press Release
Foreign Affairs
Brussels
01-08-2017

“The unjustified and arbitrary arrests early this morning of Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, two opposition leaders, is another step towards dictatorship in Venezuela,” declared Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament.

“The constant violation of human rights, the brutal repression exerted by the Government cannot continue,” said Tajani.

“I have sent two letters to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker asking for the possibility of freezing the assets and imposing a travel ban to the EU to the members of the Venezuelan Government including its President, Nicolas Maduro and its entourage,” alerted the President of the European Parliament.

“The EU needs to stand for its values of democracy and freedom of expression also outside of its borders and make its voice heard. We need to show support for the suffering people of Venezuela and take action against the Government of President Nicolas Maduro,” concluded Tajani.

For further information:

europarl.president.press@europarl.europa.eu