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Spain suspends sale of riot gear to Venezuela in light of turmoil

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Spain has suspended the sale of police riot-control equipment to Venezuela due to instability there, two Spanish government officials said Friday.Weeks of protests against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have left more than 30 people dead, more than 500 injured and more than 2,000 people detained, Amnesty International said in a report released this week.

Spain's provisional suspension of the riot-control gear sales was quietly agreed to last month by a government commission that includes the ministries of foreign affairs, defense, interior and commerce, said the officials, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to publicly speak about the decision.

The suspension was first reported by Spain's El Pais newspaper.

Spain authorized the sale of $2.6 million euros ($3.5 million) in riot-control equipment to Venezuela last year, the Economy ministry reported.

Spain's inter-ministerial government commission routinely reviews sales of military weapons and other sensitive material like police riot-control equipment, and takes into consideration "the internal stability of the nation destined" to receive the equipment, said one of the government officials.

 

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Among those killed in the protests was a dual Spanish-Venezuelan citizen Official: It's not the first time Spain has suspended riot control gear to the country
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