Venezuela: Extrajudicial execution of two Wayuu Indians

Pedro Jose Paz, 21 and Nasser Palmar, 22, two Wayuu Indians, were shot dead by members of the security forces on 12 October 1992, during a visit by President Perez to open a hospital in Paraguaipoa. The two men reportedly crossed the path of the presidential convoy in a truck and were ordered to stop by a guard who fired shots in the air. When the truck accelerated more shots were fired and the truck crashed. A member of the security police reportedly then fired at the two unarmed people in the truck. Other members of the presidential escort also opened fire, wounding several Indians, mostly children. Little progress has been reported in the investigations into the incident.

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