Utah man jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom in video

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

"Helicoide the prison where I am at has fallen the guards are here and people are trying to break in my room and kill me", said Holt, 26, in a video. They have been held in prison ever since.

A group of about 30 people, many of them family members of inmates considered by many to be political prisoners, gathered outside the jail to seek information about their loved ones as a number of videos and audio recordings from inside the jail flooded social media. They're outside, they're trying to break in. "They are asking for freedom ... they are asking for health care ... they are asking for human rights. they want the aggression and the torture to stop".

In a prior Facebook post on Holt's profile Wednesday, Holt appears to make a plea for US officials to secure his release, saying he just wants to go home and be with his family.

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said she had been speaking with his family and officials from the U.S. Department of State, and had learned Holt was safe. Immediately upon hearing what happened, I responded to his heartbreaking pleas for help with a personal phone call to Secr...

"It is time for the State Department to quickly produce a plan of action in order to resolve this situation once and for all".

"The Sebin has told me that as long as my government continues attacking this government and as long as Marco Rubio continues talking about me the longer that they will never let me go", Holt said in a written message, referring to the Republican senator from Florida who has accused Maduro of keeping Holt as a "hostage" to extract concessions from the U.S.

With Sunday's vote - which the US, EU and Latin American nations including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico have branded "illegitimate" - just days away, President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday vowed to bring a "historic economic revolution" to his crisis-stricken nation if handed a second term.

"I've been begging my government for two years".

"We're very anxious about the mutiny in the Helicoide". "The government of Venezuela is directly responsible for their safety and will be held responsible if anything happens to them. They say that they are doing things, but I'm still here and now my life is threatened". "How long do I have to suffer?" "We need help from the people of Venezuela and also the people of the United States". They want to kill me and paint the walls with my blood. They won't give me a true trial. His family has said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time of a raid in the Caracas neighborhood where his wife's family lives.

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