Venezuela may be sliding into a civil war
It was like a scene from a movie. At the end of Tuesday afternoon, the inhabitants of Caracas saw a helicopter in blue font circulate in the capital, with a sign that read “Freedom” or “freedom” and the number “350” – a reference, explain colleagues “in the Section of Venezuela’s constitution, which allows people to “repudiate” their government is acting in an undemocratic manner. ”
Government officials said the helicopter dropped several bombs on Venezuelan Supreme Court buildings and expelled them from the Interior Ministry.
On Wednesday, authorities were searching for alleged attack leader Oscar Perez, an actor who also served in the country’s special forces.
In a country torn apart by political turmoil and economic collapse, helicopter incident – framed by an attempted coup by President Nicolas Maduro and his followers – is not that an explosive episode another day of chaos.
The protests and counter-demonstrations continued in several cities of Venezuela; Supporters of the government attacked the National Assembly, dominated by opposition lawmakers; Maduro made an incendiary televised speech, a dark warning of more violence.
“If Venezuela has been plunged into chaos and violence, and the Bolivarian Revolution has been destroyed, we will fight,” Maduro told a crowd of supporters, referring to the socialist and populist platform that transforms Venezuela under its charismatic predecessor , Hugo Chavez.
“We will never give, and what could not be done with the votes, we would do it with arms. We liberate our country with arms.”
A still image taken from video shows a police helicopter at the Venezuelan Supreme Court building in Caracas on June 27 (Caraota Digital via Reuters)
Since the crisis began there three months, at least 76 people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and armed demonstrators and security forces.
Most of the dead were civilians. Experts fear that Venezuela could lead to a pure civil war without foreign diplomatic intervention.
“Maduro and officials around him seem determined to stay in power at all costs, despite growing regional isolation and increasing signs of division within the government and the military,” said my colleague Nick Miroff earlier this month . “A more dramatic rupture within the Venezuelan armed forces could be the worst case if it provokes intestinal fights.”
Hence the Perez helicopter mission was so alarming. Maduro and his allies have repeatedly described the incident as right-wing terrorism encouraged by foreign powers.
In a video uploaded to social networks, Perez said that his group was a non-partisan Alliance soldiers and police officers who sought no conflict with the country’s security forces.
“It goes against the impunity imposed by this government,” Pérez said in the video, which is flanked by men masquerading as guns. “It is against the tyranny, it is against the death of young people who are fighting for their legitimate rights, it is against hunger.”
But on Wednesday, many in Venezuela have begun to wonder whether the attack, which was so much a part of the government’s narrative, was a false flag. The conscience of the spectator career Perez – played in an action movie entitled “Suspended Death” – has drawn attention and confusion.