Detained Venezuelan protesters subjected to vicious beatings, rapes

Detained Venezuelan protesters subjected to vicious beatings, rapes

Carrasco and León were detained in the city of Valencia during the protests and held in custody between 55 and 60 hours. They were both repeatedly beaten, so much so, says León, that “I pretended I was dead so they would take me to the morgue. To make sure I wasn’t dead, they poked me in the anus with a bayonet, and when I jumped, they kicked me.”

León also notes that upon the arrival of the head of the Tocuyito National Guard, the guards allegedly directed a dog to attack them, shouting, “Bite them in the neck!” The dog, León notes, merely licked their wounds. He also told El Mundo that the guards “played soccer” with the two prisoners: “They would kick us in the back and yell ‘¡gol!'”

Carrasco’s account begins to differ after the guards allegedly grew tired of these antics. Carrasco was separated from León and the other prisoners, which the latter thought indicated he would for sure be executed. Instead, Carrasco says, he was raped. In the graphic account Carrasco gave to the judge, he says, “They dropped my pants and stuck the barrel of a rifle in my anus.” Carrasco says he lost consciousness three times during the episode, but each time was slapped in the face so hard he came back to his senses.

He alleges that the guards who raped him were not Venezuelan, but Cuban: “I could tell from their accents.” The regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro has close ties to the oldest standing communist tyranny in the Americas, with Maduro making frequent visits to Cuban premier Raúl Castro and his allegedly still alive older brother, Fidel. Venezuelan protesters often remark that they are “a Cuban colony” now and hope to regain independence from the Castro regime.

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