The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it is taking a “close look” at allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Venezuelan security forces during the past year, The New York Times reports. Prosecutors from the court, which issued warrants for the arrest of more than 30 Venezuelan politicians accused of war crimes last December, are looking into claims that low-ranking and middle-ranking officers have used violence and violence against civilians as part of the regime’s strategy to silence political opponents. From entering homes and gunning down students to violence targeting civil society groups and arbitrarily detaining opposition leaders, they are also alleged to have suffered systematic harassment from military intelligence operatives and intelligence agency workers. The prosecutions come as the clashes between the military, opposition groups and supporters of the regime have intensified during the past year, with more than 100 people killed and thousands injured in clashes between security forces and anti-government protestors.
At least 7,000 demonstrators have been arrested in connection with the violent protests, at times mistreating and arbitrarily detaining them. At the same time, the government also launched an aggressive campaign to censor the media, producing a state-run media group, as well as a network of state-backed newspapers and television stations.
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