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REDACTED Page 36 of 190 international NGOs.107 Furthermore, on 25 March 2014, Maduro announced the arrest of three members of the Air Force. Maduro argued that they were “related to certain oppositions sectors” which were allegedly planning a coup d’etat, though no evidence has been produced.108 By the 29 April, Maduro had arrested 30 members of the Air Force on the same grounds.109 Rocío San Miguel, renowned human rights defender and specialist in military issues, claimed that with this accusation the GoV seeked to control the Air Force, by intimidating and deterring political dissent.110 Similarly, on 5 February 2014, Salvatore Lucchese, the director of the San Diego Police, was arrested for allegedly failing to abide a ruling of the TSJ that forbid certain protests.111 Amnesty International declared that his detention could be the first step in a witch-hunt across the country112. Most notably, on 13 February 2014, the judge Ralenys Tovar Guillén issued an arrest warrant against opposition leader Leopoldo López accusing him of “causing serious machado-antes-de-pronunciar-el-veredicto/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015]; NOTICIAS24. (2014) TSJ señala que los artículos 149 y 191 fueron aplicados de forma “efectiva” en el caso de MCM. Noticias24. [Online] 31 March. Available from: que-los-articulos-149-y-191-fueron-aplicados-de-forma-efectiva-en-el-caso-de-mcm/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 107 HRW. (2014) La verdadera amenaza a la democracia en Venezuela. Human Rights Watch. [Online] 17 April. Available from: democracia-en-venezuela [Accessed 23 October, 2015]; CARAOTA DIGITAL. (2015) Súmate: Contraloría no tiene facultad para inhabilitar a candidatos a la Asamblea Nacional. Carlota Digital. [Online] 18 July. Available from: inhabilitar-a-candidatos-a-la-asamblea-nacional/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 108 NOTICIAS24. (2014) Capturan a tres generales de la Aviación que “pretendían alzar a la Fuerza Aérea contra el Gobierno.” Noticias24. [Online] 25 March. Available from: pretendian-alzar-la-fuerza-aerea-contra-el-gobierno/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 109 EL COMERCIO. (2014) Venezuela: 30 oficiales arrestados por conspirar contra Maduro. El Comercio. [Online] 14 April. Available from: arrestados-conspirar-contra-maduro-noticia-1722709 [Accessed 23 October, 2015]; EL NUEVO HERALD. (2014) Detenidos al menos 30 oficiales en Venezuela. El Nuevo Herald. [Online] 15 April. Available from: es/article2032584.html [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 110 MADURADAS. (2014) INCREÍBLE! Con militares detenidos buscan sembrar temor al desacato de órdenes ilegales. Maduradas. [Online] 29 April. Available from: con-militares-detenidos-buscan-sembrar-temor-al-desacato-de-ordenes-ilegales/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 111 LA PATILLA. (2014) Diez meses de prisión dicta TSJ al alcalde y al director de policía de San Diego Enzo Scarano y Salvatore Lucchese. La Patilla. [Online] 19 March. Available from: enzo-scarano/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 112 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. (2014) Venezuela: El arresto del alcalde Ceballos podría ser el inicio de una “caza de brujas.” Amnesty International. [Online] 20 March. Available from: [Accessed 23 October, 2015]

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