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REDACTED Page 41 of 190 accused him of being a paramilitary who was training to kill Maduro and showed pictures of Márquez wearing military clothes and firing weapons,137 which were later demonstrated to be an elaborate lie.138 Furthermore, as previously mentioned, on 24 February 2014, Marvinia Jiménez was detained by GNB officers for taking pictures of a protest and was repeatedly hit on her face with a helmet.139 (iv) Attempts to request meaningful reforms and negotiate with the GoV In April 2014, a dialogue process was initiated between the GoV and MUD, which ended without any result. 140 Paramilitary group Movimiento Revolucionario Tupamaro’s leader José Pinto was among the GoV designated spokesmen. 141 In the meanwhile, the protests and demonstrations all around the country continued to take place and so did the violent and disproportionate repression. On 22 April 2014, the National Police arrested certain students and their lawyer Marcelo Crovato, a member of the NGO Foro Penal Venezolano, while he was defending them.142 Crovato was held almost a year under arrest and received a house-arrest measure on the 26 February 2015.143 On 10 April, a SEBIN officer was captured by neighbours of Sucre and handed to the Sucre police after being found recording and photographing a citizen assembly, in which student leader Gaby Arellano was participating.144 Moreover, on 30 April, a civilian with Asperger syndrome, Xavier Beckles, was arrested and beaten. Furthermore, Maduro announced on TV that several individuals had been arrested charged with participating in a major conspiracy against the GoV. Rodolfo González, nicknamed “El Aviador” (“The Aviator”) was described by Maduro as being “one of the 137 VIVAS, V. (2014) Muerte de José Alejandro Márquez en Venezuela. Youtube. [Online] 3 January. Available from: [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 138 See page XX in murder section [WHAT IS THIS?] 139 TuKarmaTV. (2014) -video estabilizado- La brutal golpiza a Marvinia Jimenez por 'guardia del pueblo.’ Youtube. [Online] 26 February. Available from: [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 140 MADURADAS. (2014) ¡HASTA AHORA MONÓLOGO! Inicia “diálogo” nacional con largo y aburrido discurso de Maduro. Maduradas. [Online] 10 April. Available from: discurso-de-maduro/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 141 MADURADAS. (2014) ¡ASÍ DE ABSURDO! Líder Tupamaro propuso “Premio Nobel de la Paz” a Nicolás Maduro. Maduradas. [Online] 11 April. Available from: absurdo-lider-tupamaro-propuso-premio-nobel-de-la-paz-a-nicolas-maduro-video/ [Accessed 23 October, 2015] 142 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. (2015) Venezuela: the Faces of Impunity. pp.36-37 143 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. (2015) Venezuela: the Faces of Impunity. p36 144 EL PROPRIO. (2014) Funcionario del Sebin fue detenido mientras perseguía a Gaby Arellano. El Proprio. [Online] 10 April. Available from: perseguia-Gaby-Arellanos_0_497950237.html [Accessed 23 October, 2015]; VÁSQUEZ, E. (2014) Vecinos denuncian intervención del Sebin en asamblea ciudadana. El Universal. [Online] 10 April. Available from: sebin-en-asamblea-ciudadana [Accessed 23 October, 2015]

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