Venezuelan police on Friday raided the
offices of an HIV/AIDS organization. The authorities seized
medications and arrested three activists.
According to the
Blade, police raided the offices of Fundacion Mavid in the
city of Valencia in the state of Carabobo.
The raid was confirmed in a press
release from the International Council for AIDS Service Organizations
(ICASO), which said that police seized donated infant formula and
medications for people with HIV/AIDS and arrested three human rights
activists who work for the organization.
“We are scared for the safety of our
activists and call upon the global community to help us – not just
us, but the people of Venezuela living with HIV,” the group said.
The raid came on the heels of reports
that Venezuela is facing a health crisis due to the lack of available
drugs to treat people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Venezuela is in the midst of an
economic crisis that has lead to shortages of food and medicine,
driving millions to flee the country.