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Venezuela: Police raids Hebrew Club in Caracas

Editorial - El Universal

29.11.04 | Daniel Snimack, president of the Hebrew community in Caracas, Monday expressed concern and alarm on a police raid in the headquarters of the Hebrew school and social club in the Venezuelan capital city, a move that is reportedly related to investigations in connection with prosecutor Danilo Anderson's murder on November 18.

Even though Snimack admitted that some judiciary procedures are necessary, he claimed that authorities could have performed the search in a different way, as they were entering a building that is a school and a cultural and community center.

"More than 1,500 students were at school when the raid started. It is easy to imagine their and their parents' anguish and alarm when they were told what was going on."

According to Snimack, the operation -performed as instructed by the 34th Crime Control Judge Maikel Moreno- could have been completed differently "to avoid chaos, alarm and panic."

Though police sources were not available for official comments, Snimack claimed that police corps did not find anything at the Hebrew Club.

The search -performed by some 25 police officers with the Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Corps (Cicpc)- started at 6:30 a.m.

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