Yukpas gather in front of the Zulia courts to demand freedom for their countrymen

Yukpas gather in front of the Zulia courts to demand freedom for their countrymen

According to the information, on June 15, three leaders yukpas, identified as Zenaida Romero, Francisco Romero and Alfonso Romero, disappeared after being detained by officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), after a repression they allegedly suffered for closing the viaduct that connects Maracaibo with the rest of the country. On June 23, the director of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), Elio Estrada, used his social networks to deny the disappearance of three leaders


A group of Yukpa indigenous people from the Yaza basin of the Sierra de Perijá in Zulia state, gathered this Tuesday, June 27, in front of the Palace of Justice in Maracaibo to continue demanding the release of three of their countrymen who were detained during the demonstrations that they were carried out in previous days on the Bridge over Lake Maracaibo.

Felipe Romero Romero, one of the caciques of the Yaza basin, commented to Radio Fe y Alegría News that they are demanding justice, since it should not be considered a crime to bring handicrafts to the city of Caracas, as the detainees intended to do.

He insisted that the first to block the streets were the state security forces by not allowing them to reach the capital to sell their handicrafts. The cacique also affirmed that the baskets, necklaces or hats that they intend to sell do not have invoices as requested by the security forces.

“We go out as a cooperative to sell our handicrafts and they block us,” he commented.

*Read also: Caciques denounce the disappearance of three Yukpas detained by the PNB in ​​Zulia

According to the information, the disappearance of the three leaders yukpas, identified as Zenaida Romero, Francisco Romero and Alfonso Romero, occurred on June 15 after a repression they suffered for closing the viaduct that connects Maracaibo with the rest of Venezuela, by officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB).

“We ask the government to provide support to recover the detainees. It is not known if they are alive or if they were thrown off the bridge over the lake.. We demand that there be a release for them or that they locate us where the people are. Why don’t they give us the information of where these people are?”Romero questioned.

the yukpas were arrested on the morning of June 15 on the bridge over the lake, after the repression they suffered for closing the viaduct that connects Maracaibo with the rest of Venezuela.

For his part, the director of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), Elio Estrada, used his social networks to deny the disappearance of three Yukpa leaders since last June 15, during the protest of the representatives of this ethnic group in one of the headwaters of the General Rafael Urdantea bridge in Zulia state.

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