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Venezuelan Opposition Accused of Attacking Indigenous Radio Station

The exterior of the Perijanera 95.1 community radio station in Machiques de Perija, Zulia, following an alleged opposition attac

Venezuela’s opposition protesters were accused Monday of attacking an indigenous meeting space and community radio station, as unrest continued in the South American country.

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Indigenous Yukpa Leader Assassinated in Venezuela

The National Indian Council of Venezuela (CONIVE) vehemently denounced the indigenous chief’s murder on Sunday. (Twitter: Rusb

Cristóbal Romero was shot several times by armed assailants on Saturday night. 

 

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We Want Justice: A Letter to Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz

Lucía Martínez, wife of murdered Yukpa chief, Sabino Romero (Archive).

Lucía Martínez, wife of murdered indigenous Yukpa chief Sabino Romero, demands that Venezuela's Public Prosecution indict the wealthy cattle ranchers alleged to have hired the assassins. 

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Maduro Signs Decree to Re-Open Controversial Coal Mines for Chinese Development

Woman protests the 1606 Decree in Maracaibo, Venezuela on March 23rd, 2015. Sign reads “Carbon is Death” (Provea)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed a presidential decree outlining a deal with the Chinese state-owned company Sinohydro, granting them the authority to mine and develop 24,192 hectares (nearly 60,000 acres) of Venezuelan land.

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Sabino Romero's Widow Testifies Amidst Threats

Sabino's widow, Lucia Martinez de Romero, testified at court today (Aporrea)

Caracas, February 2nd 2015 (Venezuelanalysis) Dozens of activists gathered outside the Ministry of Justice in the capital today in solidarity with Lucia Martinez de Romero, the widow of assassinated indigenous Yukpa leader Sabino Romero. Lucia testified in the trial of Angel Antonio Romero Bracho, (aka “Manguera”) accused of murdering the indigenous chief or "cacique".

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Social Movements Demand "Maximum Sentence" for Indigenous Leader´s Murderer as Trial Continues

(Rachael Boothroyd - Venezuelanalysis)

Movements gathered in Caracas on Monday to demand a 30 year sentence for Sabino Romero´s murderer. They also denounced a lack of media coverage of the case, as well as the increasing presence of Colombian paramilitaries and drugs traffickers on Yukpa territory.

 

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5 Venezuelans Sentenced to 7 Years Prison for Murder of Yukpa Leader Sabino Romero

Romero was killed in Zulia state when two men on a motorcycle intercepted his vehicle and shot at him and his partner, Lucia Mar

After a trial that began in November before the Public Prosecutor in Caracas, five citizens have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the murder of Yukpa leader Sabino Romero on March 3, 2013. 

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Six People Accused of Murdering Yukpa Leader Sabino Romero Go to Trial

There have been regular protests demanding that Sabino’s murderers be captured (archive)

Six people are now on trial for their alleged involvement in the murder of Yukpa leader Sabino Romero earlier this year. Those who allegedly paid them to commit the crime, however, are still at large.

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Indigenous Yukpa Venezuelans Suffer Unidentified Illness

Around 1.5% of Venezuelans indentify as indigenous (Yukpa, Bari and Wayuu pictured above). (Global Response)

Venezuelan authorities are investigating an unexplained illness affecting the country's indigenous Yukpa people that has so far claimed five lives and affected dozens more over the past week.

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Venezuelan Government Commits to Resolving Indigenous Yukpa Land Issue

Sabino Romero (archive)

Following the murder of indigenous Yukpa leader Sabino Romero three weeks ago, a committee of 17 Yukpa met yesterday with the minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, who promised to make payments so their lands could be inhabited by them.

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