CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition staged a demonstration on Saturday in Caracas against a Chavista request that the nation’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, be submitted to a hearing, a proposal the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ruled in favor of last June 20 and which could result in her being sent to trial.
The MUD opposition coalition urged people to gather on the east side of Caracas, specifically on the Francisco Fajardo Expressway, the capital’s principal thoroughfare, where it passes through the Los Ruices district.
In light of the demonstrations on her behalf, Ortega thanked the general public and international organizations for standing with her.
“I thank the Venezuelan people and international organizations for their support. Their trust in us strengthens our institutional struggle,” the attorney general said on Twitter, while promising that her office is committed to protecting human rights and “democratic freedoms.”
Venezuela’s TSJ admitted a request on the part of Chavismo to determine whether there is just cause for putting the attorney general on trial after a series of actions taken by Ortega against the high court.
The TSJ also approved the precautionary measures requested by Chavista lawmaker Pedro Carreño against the attorney general, which include barring her from leaving the country and freezing her bank accounts.
The attorney general’s hearing could signify the temporary suspension of Ortega Diaz’s official functions.
Ortega, identified up to now with Chavismo, has opposed the Constituent Assembly promoted by President Nicolas Maduro and, among other complaints, has said that “state terrorism” exists in her country, and denounced a “progressive dismantling” of her office by the Venezuelan government.
Later in the day the AG’s office confirmed the deaths of three men in the northwestern state of Lara during demonstrations being held there, as they were across the country.
The victims were identified as Fernando Rojas, 49, Jose Gregorio Mendoza Duran, 44, and Ramses Enrique Martinez, 20.
The number of fatalities in the wave of protests that has gone on for three months has now risen to 85.