Statement from the Press Secretary on the Death of Venezuelan Opposition Councilman

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Death of Venezuelan Opposition
Councilman

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2018

*Statement from the Press Secretary on the Death of Venezuelan Opposition
Councilman*

The United States condemns the Maduro regime’s involvement in the death of
Venezuelan opposition councilman Fernando Alban. Venezuelan authorities
took Alban into custody on October 5, upon his return from the United
Nations General Assembly, where he spoke to the world about the importance
of returning democracy to the people of Venezuela. He died three days
later while in the custody of Venezuela’s intelligence service. The Trump
Administration will continue to increase pressure on the Maduro regime and
its insiders until democracy is restored in Venezuela. The United States
calls for the immediate release of all Venezuelan political prisoners, and
for the Maduro regime to take direct, credible steps to reestablish
democracy in Venezuela and to prevent further suffering and bloodshed.

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