Venezuela opposition blames Maduro for detained activist’s death

Article originally appeared in ReutersCARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition blamed President Nicolas Maduro’s government on Monday for the death of a sick activist in detention, saying he was framed and then denied medical help.

Carlos Garcia, a local legislator in western Apure state, suffered a stroke in August after being arrested in late 2016 during protests and having money planted on him, his party said.

Two days before his death on Sunday, Garcia was granted house arrest but was never transported home, the Justice First party added in a statement, saying the accusations were invented and he was never allowed adequate medical help. …



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