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Shots Fired! Stolen Police Helicopter Drops Grenades On Supreme Court

Venezuela has been in the throes of an economic disaster for quite awhile now, and the effects are being highlighted. Many within the country are desperately trying to bring their plight to the attention of the nation’s leaders.

A stolen helicopter was piloted by Oscar Perez, a member of their investigative police force, to protest the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chavez.

Perez circled the Venezuelan Supreme Court building, dropped grenades, and fired shots from the helicopter. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. The helicopter was later found abandoned in a rural part of the country.

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From CNN:

A stolen police helicopter used during a daring attack on the Venezuelan Supreme Court was found Wednesday in a rural part of the country, but the man authorities say piloted the aircraft is on the run.

The helicopter was allegedly piloted by Oscar Perez, an officer in the country’s investigative police force. As it strafed the court building and the Interior Ministry in Caracas on Tuesday, attackers fired gunshots and lobbed grenades, officials said.

The assault was a dramatic escalation of the months-long crisis engulfing the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

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None of those involved in the attack appear to have been tracked down. Venezuela has asked Interpol to issue a red notice for Perez, according to Néstor Luis Reverol, the county’s minister of interior, justice and peace. A red notice alerts authorities in other countries, including border officials, that someone is wanted.

The helicopter was found in the seaside state of Vargas, Venezuelan state news agency AVN reported. Photos published on the verified Twitter feed for Venezuela’s Vice President Tareck El Aissami‏ show the helicopter in a clearing. It was found by the Venezuelan Air Force in a heavily-wooded area near the municipality of Osma, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Caracas.

Maduro condemned the attack as an attempted coup, saying “terrorists” were behind the offensive and that an operation was underway to track the perpetrators down.
But much remained murky about the assault. If it was an attempt to unseat Maduro’s government, it was a spectacular failure; no one was injured and one of the grenades failed to explode, government officials said.
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It was unclear how a rogue police helicopter could have circled high-profile buildings in the Venezuelan capital without being shot down. Witnesses and local journalists said the assault went on for about two hours.
Earlier Tuesday, Maduro appeared to foreshadow an uprising, saying that his supporters would be ready to take up arms if the “Bolivarian revolution” was threatened.
The attack came after months of protests against Maduro’s regime and ahead of a vote on July 30 to elect members of a controversial new body that could make changes to the country’s constitution.

In countries where socialism has become the dominant political philosophy, poverty and misery usually follow. When violence becomes too normal, a police state is most often the next step. We will have to continue to keep an eye on this country and see where this all leads, especially with their upcoming July 30 election.

Source: CNN

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