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U.N. rights boss calls for independent Venezuela investigation

U.N. rights boss calls for independent Venezuela investigation
FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 5, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo   -   Copyright  DENIS BALIBOUSE(Reuters)
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GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on Friday for an independent investigation into alleged excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces, citing reports of 20 people killed and more than 350 detained in protests this week.

“I am extremely concerned that the situation in Venezuela may rapidly spiral out of control with catastrophic consequences”, Bachelet, a former president of Chile, said in a statement urging political leaders to hold talks to defuse the situation after Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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