At Least 23 Dead in Clash Between Gangs and Police in Venezuelan Capital


At least 23 people died last weekend in a clash between police and gangs in Venezuela’s capital Caracas, according to news reports and human rights activists, as the government faces international scrutiny for killings by security forces. The bloodshed began on Friday afternoon with an operation by two police units—the Special Action Forces, known as FAES, and the Special Tactical Operations Units, known as UOTE.

A United Nations fact-finding mission, which found that President Nicolas Maduro’s government had committed systematic human rights violations amounting to crimes against humanity, last year called for FAES to be disbanded due to its role in extrajudicial killings.

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