Ms. Chinchilla asked to intervene to disarm Venezuelan groups

Young Venezuelans are on a vigil at the Costa Rican Embassy in Caracas and at the Interamerican Court of Human Rights in San José to alert President Laura Chinchilla to the problem of armed groups.

Ms. Chinchilla is being approached because she is taking over the leadership of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

The organization, Operación Libertad, said that the armed groups in Venezuela are financed by the government. The goal of the armed groups, called the Colectivos Armados para la Defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana, is to defend the government and its ideology, the organization said.

The organization asked Ms. Chinchilla to seek immediate disarmament of the groups and a return of Venezuela to the Interamerican System of Human Rights and to create a commission to monitor human rights in Venezuela.

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