Venezuela opposition legislator flees after ‘secret police threats’

Deputies of the opposition Carlos Paparoni, (L) Jose Manuel Olivares (C) and Juan Andres Mejias shout slogans during a march to state Ombudsman's office in Caracas, Venezuela May 29, 2017. Image copyright Reuters Image caption José Manuel Olivares (centre) has been vocal in his protests against the Maduro management

Venezuelan opposition legislator José Manuel Olivares has fled the country, accusing the government of threatening him and a number of other members of the family.

In an open letter, Mr Olivares said that in up to date weeks mystery police marketers approached him, his wife and his brother saying they would be persecuted except he stepped away from politics.

“My family’s wellness comes first,” stated Mr Olivares.

Several senior competition leaders have left Venezuela over the previous year.

They say intimidation and harassment by President Nicolás Maduro has made them concern for their lives.

Symbol copyright Reuters Symbol caption President Maduro has unveiled new bank notes and introduced measures to restore the economic system

The opposition was weakened by way of the arrests or self-imposed exile of lots of its leaders. Most anti-Maduro events boycotted the vote.

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The president blames Venezuela’s elite and what he phrases imperialist forces led through the U.s. for the country’s financial crisis.

This week, the federal government introduced it used to be reducing five zeroes from the forex, the bolívar.

Critics say this may occasionally have little effect in curbing the world’s best inflation rate, expected at FORTY SIX,000% a year.

‘Not ready for this’

Mr Olivares, who is additionally a physician, stated his circle of relatives was once taken abruptly via the hot levels of intimidation from the secret police, Sebin.

“We weren’t ready for this neither politically, financially or emotionally,” he wrote from Colombia.

Symbol copyright AFP Symbol caption medical experts have been protesting in opposition to low salaries and poor stipulations in hospitals

“They were now even harassing my spouse, who gave start just a few months in the past.”

He vowed to continue his political combat against the Maduro management from in a foreign country, alongside different dissidents.

“i can highlight the issues confronted by way of sufferers in the well being machine, including the chronic shortage of medications.

“And i can proceed to marketing campaign for the opening of a humanitarian channel, to carry food and medicine to the Venezuelan people,” Mr Olivares wrote in his letter, which was published on Twitter.

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