News story | Date: 2015-02-24 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
‘I am very concerned about the situation in Venezuela following the arrest of Antonio Ledezma, the Mayor of Caracas. It is crucial that the Venezuelan authorities now ensure a prompt and impartial legal process for all the arrested members of the opposition in line with the principles of the rule of law,’ commented Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
In 2014, the Venezuelan authorities arrested several leaders of the opposition and students who had taken part in demonstrations, and some of these are still being held in custody. Last week, the authorities also arrested Antonio Ledezma, opposition leader and Mayor of Caracas.
‘We urge the Venezuelan Government to enter into a dialogue with the opposition parties and civil society organisations to resolve the difficult situation the country is facing. Freedom of expression and freedom of assembly must be respected. We welcome the initiative of the Union of South American Nations to contribute to a solution,’ said Mr Brende.