The Washington Post editors claim regarding recent violent protests in Venezuela that “at least 34 people have been killed, most of them opposition supporters gunned down by security forces or government-backed gangs.”
None of the sources the editors cited support this claim. As Peter Hart, of the media watchdog FAIR, recently wrote
“Jake Johnston of the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR) has been keeping track of the deaths attributed to the protests (“Venezuela: Who Are They and How Did They Die?”), and a similar effort by Ewan Roberston can be found at Venezuelanalysis.com. The latter finds pro-government and anti-government deaths about equal (nine on both sides), with a dozen deaths of civilians with no apparent political affiliation–numbers that basically line up with Johnston’s. “
Thirty six human rights activists in Venezuela recently signed a statement in which they too provide a detailed list of fatalities. Their numbers substantiate what VenezuelAnalysis and CEPR have found.
The Washington Post editors should provide a detailed list to support their claim. If they can’t do that they should immediately retract it.