Arresting and shooting during mandatory quarantine in Venezuela

At least 16 persons were arrested in Tachira state for disobeyed the mandatory quarantine. In Caracas, three men were killed while playing dominoes on the sidewalk, allegedly by a gunman trying to enforce the quarantine, and a journalist was arresting.

In a video, mayor in Tachira William Gomez, reported the arrest of a group did not comply with the quarantine. Photo: Courtesy of William Gómez.

Sixteen people were detained on Sunday, March 22nd, while playing an outdoor soccer match in San Antonio del Táchira, on the border with Colombia by officials of the Bolivarian National Police, the National Guard, and Mayor William Gómez. The reason, not complying with the mandatory quarantine.

In a video posted to social media, the mayor William Gomez explained: “We have the first people who were preventively detained for not obeying the social quarantine order. So, gentlemen, let’s avoid this. You don’t have to be arrested for not complying with the norm,” he said.

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Although Tachira state has only one positive case of coronavirus, the capital city San Antonio is right on the border with the Santander department in Colombia, where eight people have been confirming with the virus. The border municipalities of Tachira were isolating, even before the mandatory quarantine in Venezuela announced by Maduro.

Meanwhile, in Caracas

In the neighborhood 23 de Enero in Caracas, three men were killed and two more seriously wounding when they refuse to stop playing dominoes in the sidewalk in front of their homes.

According to the reports, several masked and armed men on motorbikes demanded the victims honored the quarantine regulations before the open fire.

Also, in Caracas, journalist Darvinson Rojas was arrested by the FAES special forces agency. Initially, FAES access to Rojas parent’s house, arguing that somebody infected was inside the house, but after a short conversation, they arrested Rojas along with his mother and father.

Hours later, Rojas’ parents were released, but the journalist is still at a FAES facility in Western Caracas, and being confronted about posting to social media higher-than-official figures for Coronavirus infections, the SNTP media workers union said.

By Lorena Bornacelly, with additional reporting from Carlos Camacho in Caracas.

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