Chavista Community Organizer Killed, Burned by Paramilitaries

Elizabeth Aguilera was killed in retaliation for her work against organized crime in Venezuela.

A community activist and local leader of Venezuela's Socialist Party was killed by alleged members of a paramilitary gang in Caracas, according to a party spokesman.

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Elizabeth Aguilera, was the head of her local unit of the PSUV, the ruling party headed by President Nicolas Maduro.

Aguilera was shot multiple times in the Cota 905 sector, a popular area in the south-center of the Venezuelan capital. Her body was also burned and photographs were posted on social networks, presumably by Aguilera's murderers.

The crime was confirmed by an official from the district government, Daniel Aponte, who said the attack was perpetrated by a "paramilitary group."

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“Justice will be done, the PSUV party expresses its total solidarity,” said Aponte, who called Aguilera a fighter, a committed Chavista, and a community leader.

According to police officers, the perpetraitors fled the Sucre neighborhood when a unit from the federal anti-paramility squad, called Operation Liberation and Protection of the People or OLP, came to the area. The OLP was created to fight violence and paramilitary groups in the country, especially in the wake of paramilitary violence that led to the closure of Venezuela's border with Colombia.

Police say Aguilera was likely targetted because she was providing information to police on crime in her neighborhood.

The area where the murder occurred is said to dominated by a criminal outfit headed by an individual called "Coki," who is estimated to have at least 120 men under his command. The group is accused of vehicle theft, kidnapping, extortion and murder.

According to the newspaper El Nacional, residents of various communities in Cota 905 acted as confidential informants to identify and pinpoint the location of several criminals who were subsequently targetted the OLP in July 2015.

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Over 46,000 Brits Sign Petition to Try Netanyahu for War Crimes

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the issue must be debated in the U.K. parliament, according to the government website.

As of Thursday morning, over 46,000 Britons had signed a petition calling on their government to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes when he arrives in the U.K. next month.

“Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law, he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K., for the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014,” reads the online petition, whose numbers are jumping by the minute.

The petition is referring to the war in Gaza last summer, which Israel calls Operation Protective Edge. The United Nations say it left thousands of Gazans homeless and displaced and local infrastructure in the besieged area in shambles.

The message was placed on, a special petition website created by the U.K. government. According to the site, any petition that gets 10,000 signatures or more should be discussed by government, while any that receive 100,000 signatures or more must be considered for debate in the U.K. parliament.

However, according to the British Embassy in Israel, under British law, “foreign heads of state enjoy immunity from the legal process, and cannot be arrested or detained,” it told Israeli press.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry shrugged off the petition as a “PR exercise with no practical significance.”

It also downplayed the petition’s repercussions by focusing on the diplomatic relationship between the two nations.

“The bilateral relations between Britain and Israel are closer than ever, as evidenced by data on mutual trade which has doubled in recent years, along with fruitful academic, cultural and scientific bilateral cooperation," it said.

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