FAES, the squad that sows terror in poor neighborhoods of Venezuela

A Member of the Special Action Forces (FAES) stands guard in a Caracas neighborhood during the police

A Member of the Special Action Forces (FAES) stands guard in a Caracas neighborhood during the police operation on April 1, 2019

"Lord, protect my son," Miriam pleaded as she heard gunfire from afar, but the tragedy was done: Luis, her only son, died at the hands of a police squad that terrorizes Venezuela's poor communities.

Shots to the chest shortened the lives of Luis, Jesse, Cristian and dozens more, allegedly executed by the Special Action Forces (FAES), created in 2017.

The situation is so dire that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet demanded its "dissolution" after meeting in June with families of the victims.

Since 2018, human rights NGO Cofavic, which advises family members, has been informed of 831 alleged executions, mostly of young men, involving FAES.

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