Monday, 21 September 2009

Venezuela: 'Caracazo' Victims Exhumed

Authorities began opening tombs of victims of 1989 riots in Venezuela today. The so-called Caracazo has an official death toll of 300, but the true figure is believed to be far higher. Symbolically, it is a significant memory event for Chavez's Bolivarian republic.

Relatives of the disappeared generally welcome the investigation but are understandably concerned that the remains will be under the care of the armed forces - the institution which killed the victims in the first place.

Tombs opened in Venezuela to identify riot victims (AP)
La fiscalia de Venezuela busca los restos de las victimas del 'Caracazo' (AFP)

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