FT: US ‘concerned’ by arrest of Venezuelan lawyer and relatives

The Financial Times

The US said on Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” by the arrest of a prominent human rights lawyer and five of her relatives in Venezuela amid worries of a broader crackdown on civil society ahead of elections this year. Rocío San Miguel, a lawyer and military analyst, was detained on Friday by authorities at the Maiquetía airport near Caracas while waiting to board a flight to Miami with her adult son. Since then, five of her relatives have been reported missing, including her daughter Miranda Díaz San Miguel and her ex-husband Victor Díaz. White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that the US was “deeply concerned” about San Miguel’s arrest, and that Washington was “watching this very, very closely”.

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