Hardly any family members of a rebel police officer killed in a shootout with Venezuelan security forces were allowed to attend his burial Saturday, relatives said.
Just two of Oscar Perez’s relatives were allowed to see the early morning interment at a Caracas cemetery after authorities denied relatives’ demands that they hand over the body of Perez and six others killed. The cemetery was surrounded by National Guard officers.
“They arbitrarily decided to carry out the controlled burial without granting permission to observe him, much less allow him to be moved with his family,” Perez’s widow, Danahis Vivas, said on Twitter.
Vivas is out of the country with the couple’s children. Perez’s aunt, Aura Perez, confirmed that the military allowed her and her daughter into the cemetery to see Perez before he was buried.
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