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Venezuela's First Festival of Penitentiary Theater Draws Crowds in Caracas

The theater group from the Penitentiary Community of Coro performed "The King of the Dumpster" at the National Theater

The first Festival of Penitentiary Theater, organized under the Ministry of Penitentiary Services (MPPSP), kicked off in Caracas last Thursday, November 13 and will continue through Sunday, November 23. Roughly 160 incarcerated people from 13 prison theater groups are performing in theaters throughout the Capital District.

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Victims of 2002 Venezuelan Coup Denounce Double Standards in Justice after Iván Simonovis’ Release

Yesenia Fuentes, president of the Association of Victims of April 11, 2002 (Asovic) speaking at a Press Conference on Llaguno br

Just blocks away from the Presidential Palace, stands Llaguno bridge, the site of a massacre during the April 2002 coup briefly removing Hugo Chavez from Venezuelan office. Today, the bridge was filled with family members of the victims who were demanding answers and justice following the release of former Police chief Iván Simonovis.

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Venezuelan Opposition Divided as Attorney General Reacts to Claims

Lilian Tintori (Ernesto Agudo/ ABC)

Early this morning Venezuelan attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz dispatched a public attorney to Ramo Verde military prison, to check on conditions of hardline opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez’s confinement. This came in response to claims made by Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, who told reporters last week she was denied visiting rights. 

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First of 24 New Prisons Built in Venezuela

Fenix Community Penitentiary is the first of 24 new prisons to be constructed by the Venezuelan government. Its inauguration com

A new prison inaugurated in Lara state yesterday has been praised by Vice President Jorge Arreaza as part of a transformation of Venezuela's prison system.

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Interview with Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, Part Two

(Reuters)

In late August Michael Albert interviewed Interior and Justice Minister of Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a close confidant and long time ally of President Maduro now, and of President Chavez earlier, on many matters critical to current events and prospects in Venezuela. This is part two.

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Interview with Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, Part One

Miguel Rodríguez Torres (Raúl Romero)

In late August Michael Albert interviewed Interior and Justice Minister of Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a close confidant and long time ally of President Maduro now, and of President Chavez earlier, on many matters critical to current events and prospects in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Government Evacuates Prison Following Deadly Inmate Clash

Sabaneta prison, was peacefully evacuated yesterday following a violent clash between inmates on Monday (Sibci) (one of the ones

Venezuelan authorities have evacuated a prison following a deadly clash between inmates on Monday that left 16 dead.

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Venezuelan Government Implements Plan to Tackle Procedural Delays in Prisons

Minister Iris Valera (Prensa Mppsp)

Efforts to reduce procedural delays in prisoners’ right to stand trial will continue through the extension of Plan “Cayapa”, Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Valera announced in a meeting with public officials in the Cojedes state yesterday.

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Arms Stash Found in Venezuela’s Uribana Prison after Deadly Riot

Prisons minister Iris Valera gave the results of authorities’ search of Uribana prison (AVN)

Venezuelan authorities have discovered 106 firearms and over 8,000 rounds of ammunition in Uribana prison, which was evicted last month after a deadly riot left 60 dead and over 120 wounded.

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Massacre in Venezuelan Prison Reignites Criticism of Prison System

Outside the Uribana prison complex where dozens were killed in a massacre on Friday (El Impulso)

A massacre in a Venezuelan prison that resulted in more than 60 dead and 120 wounded on Friday has generated a flurry of criticism of the Venezuelan government for the situation in the country’s prison system.

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