Concern raised over Venezuela's "excessive use of force" against protesters

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Navi Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed concern at the excessive use of force by Venezuela's authorities in response to protests.

The most recent incident took place in the country's capital Caracas on Thursday.

At least 13 people have died and 140 people have been injured since the beginning of the unrest in February, according to the Public Prosecutor.

Martin Nesirky, the UN Spokesperson, says Ms. Pillay is urging the Government to ensure respect for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the inflammatory rhetoric from all sides is utterly unhelpful and that it is time for all sides to move beyond verbal aggression and towards meaningful dialogue. Navi Pillay is very concerned by the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests, and she calls on all sides to renounce the use of violence."

Thousands of people in cities throughout Venezuela reportedly participated in protests against the detention of student demonstrators.

They are also protesting against rising crime rates and increasing economic hardship in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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