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View of a Venezuelan flag on the coffin with the body of Councilman Fernando Albán Salazar on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Legislative Palace, in Caracas (Venezuela). Albán, of the opposition Primero Justicia (PJ) party, was arrested Friday at the Maiquetía International Airport when he returned to Venezuela from the United States. EFE / Miguel Gutiérrez
View of a Venezuelan flag on the coffin with the body of Councilman Fernando Albán Salazar on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Legislative Palace, in Caracas (Venezuela). Albán, of the opposition Primero Justicia (PJ) party, was arrested Friday at the…

Venezuelan politician dies in presumed murder by the regime

The death of an opposition politician in Venezuela increases international pressure on the situation in the South American country.

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After almost 20 years of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the country's regime still insists on disguising political repression.

After the announcement of the death of Fernando Albán Salazar, councilor of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas for the opposition party Primero Justicia, at the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), the government has assured that it was a "suicide."

Albán had been detained during the weekend at Simón Bolívar International Airport when he was returning from the United States, accused of having participated in the failed drone attack against President Nicolás Maduro on Aug. 4, according to the Spanish newspaper El País.

The government, in the voice of Interior and Justice Minister Néstor Reverol, declared that "at the moment when the detainee was going to be transferred to the court, being in the waiting room of the Sebin, he threw himself through a window of the facilities."

But the opposition party to which Albán belonged refuted the government's response and stated that it was another political homicide by the regime.

"With deep pain and thirst for justice we address the people of Venezuela, especially the vigilantes throughout the country, to report that Councilman Fernando Albán was killed by the regime of Nicolás Maduro in the Sebin of Plaza Venezuela," the statement reads.

The death of the councilman is part of an escalation of tensions in the country after the pressure exerted by the government of the United States and by the countries of the region during the General Assembly of the United Nations, due to the serious crisis that Venezuela is experiencing and that has forced thousands of people to move to neighboring countries.

However, the iron hand of the regime has been reinforced during recent years, making the opposition, whose members are mostly exiled, almost disappear.

"More than 100 Venezuelans who oppose Maduro are being held as 'political prisoners,' some for more than four years, with little access to the outside world and with their legal rights trampled frequently," CBS News explained.

The credibility of the regime before the international community is increasingly scarce. That is why the United Nations has urged Venezuelan officials "to perform an independent and transparent investigation" of the death of Albán after the versions of the representatives of the Maduro government did not coincide and before the accusations of political assassination.

Since 2014, the massive protests against the government of Nicolás Maduro have left a long list of young people killed and disappeared, a reality that, for those who have some historical memory, is reminiscent of the dictatorships that dominated the Southern Cone during the 1970s.

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