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.
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.
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.
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.