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Stolen Police Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Supreme Court

Stolen Police Helicopter Attacks Venezuela Supreme Court

  • Oscar Alberto Perez has been identified as pilot who stole helicopter.

    Oscar Alberto Perez has been identified as pilot who stole helicopter.

Published 27 June 2017 (3 hours 31 minutes ago)

The top court’s building in northern Caracas was sealed off after the national guard repelled the attack, avoiding civilian deaths.

A helicopter from the Venezuela’s Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations agency was stolen Tuesday evening, circled around the Supreme Court building, firing shots toward the building, followed by two explosions which were said to be grenades, according to official sources.

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The top court’s building in northern Caracas was sealed off after the national guard repelled the attack, which occurred around 5 p.m. local time.

A banner was unfurled from the helicopter that read, “350 Libertad,” in reference to article 350 of the Bolivarian Constitution that opposition forces are attempting to invoke to stop the National Constituent Assembly.

The Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas denounced the armed attack, identifying Oscar Alberto Perez as the pilot who shot 15 times at the Interior Ministry, where 80 people were still at work. He then headed to the TSJ, throwing four grenades in total, where a session of the Constitutional Court was taking place. Perez is said to be an inspector with the CICPC and took off from the La Carlota airbase with the stolen helicopter.

Villegas reiterated that “these types of terrorist attacks will not detain the Constituent Assembly due on July 30.”

Despite rumors to the contrary, all was calm in the capital area after the attacks, according to media reports from teleSUR.

President Nicolas Maduro said that because of the rapid reaction to the coup attempt by Venezuelan forces, many civilian lives were saved as grenades and shots rang out near the Supreme Court building as well as the Interior Ministry building.

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“The entire air defense and detection plan was immediately activated to guarantee the people’s right to peace against an armed attack,” he added.

“I condemn this terrorist attack and demand that the MUD condemn this attack,” he said.

“We are going to capture the person responsible for this terrorist act,” Maduro said, indicating that the pilot works for Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who is being investigated for confessed ties to the DEA and CIA.

Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno said that damages to the building were being assessed and said the court would release a statement tomorrow.

Maduro: Helicopter threw grenades at Venezuela’s Supreme Court

Maduro: Helicopter threw grenades at Venezuela’s Supreme Court

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says a chopper has fired on the country’s Supreme Court in Caracas, describing it as a “terror attack.” Earlier, he threatened war against any US-backed coup attempt by his opponents.

Hours after warning that he was prepared to enter a full-scale conflict to resolve the country’s months-long political crisis, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday a police helicopter had attacked the Supreme Court building in Caracas.

Speaking on state TV, the 54-year-old president said the chopper fired on the offices and launched grenades in a “terror attack”. He said one of the grenades didn’t explode.

Maduro appeared to claim that the incident was part of a conspiracy to destabilize his socialist government and said he had activated the country’s air defense in response.

The Venezuelan news site CarotaDigital tweeted a video that purported to show a helicopter flying over the city, followed by the sound of several shots.

DW correspondent in Caracas, Oscar Schlenker, confirmed the attack and described seeing a chopper flown by what he said were the police and military, opening fire on the Supreme Court building.

Maduro warns of war

Earlier in the day, Maduro gave a speech to supporters warning that he was prepared to take up arms to defend his country from any US-backed coup attempt from his political opponents.

“If Venezuela were to be plunged into chaos and violence … we would go to combat. We would never give up, and what couldn’t be done with votes, we would do with weapons, we would liberate the fatherland with weapons,” he said.

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Maduro’s comments were aimed partly at his political opponents, who have taken to the streets over the past three months to protest his leadership. But they also targeted US President Donald Trump, who Maduro claims is backing the oil-rich country’s opposition to oust him.

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Addressing Trump, he warned of a massive refugee crisis for the US in the event of the “destruction” of Venezuela.

“You would have to build 20 walls in the sea, a wall from Mississippi to Florida, from Florida to New York, it would be crazy …” before reminding the US leader that “you are responsible for restraining the madness of the Venezuelan right-wing.”

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Maduro has called a national election for July 30 to win support for the appointment of a new super-body to rewrite the country’s constitution without interference from the opposition-controlled congress.

His opponents have described the poll as a sham and are instead calling for the next presidential election, due in late 2018, to be brought forward.

They say Maduro, who became president in 2013 following the death of longtime leader Hugo Chavez, is a dictator, who has presided over a deep economic crisis. Despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela has recently seen triple digit inflation that has caused food and medicine shortages.

Protests leave scores dead

Daily street protests against Maduro’s leadership have regularly turned violent, leaving some 75 people dead, according to figures from the chief prosecutor’s office.

The latest standoff on Tuesday saw clashes had take place inside and outside the national assembly building in Caracas, a few hundred meters from the Supreme Court.

DW’s Oscar Schlenker reported that small improvised explosives and fireworks had been detonated as some demonstrators tried to enter the building. Some politicians were trapped inside.

Another journalist, Alberto Rodriquez tweeted footage of the National Guard bursting into the national assembly building, resulting in a confrontation with lawmakers.

Elsewhere, almost 70 stores looted and several government offices set alight in the city of Maracay, west of the capital. Some 216 people were arrested.

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Venezuela’s worsening crisis has led to the intervention of the chief state prosecutor Luisa Ortega and the country’s former intelligence service boss Miguel Rodriguez.

Ortega has filed legal challenges against Maduro’s plan for constitutional reform, alleging it is a threat to democracy and human rights.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Rodriguez criticized Maduro for not holding a referendum on changing the constitution first.

Venezuela’s Maduro Denounces ‘Imperialist Coup’ Plot

Venezuela’s Maduro Denounces ‘Imperialist Coup’ Plot

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and a Venezuelan soldier (R).

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and a Venezuelan soldier (R). | Photo: Twitter / @PresidencialVen

“We have contained and defeated the oligarchic, imperialist coup that was being planned against Venezuela this week,” Maduro said.

On Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced a plan by sectors of the right-wing opposition to activate and justify an intervention in that country.

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“We have contained and defeated the oligarchic, imperialist coup that was being planned against Venezuela this week,” Maduro said.

“The homeland is already at peace.”

During an event held at the Military Academy’s Honor Patio located in Fort Tiuna, Caracas in commemoration of the 196th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, the Venezuelan president explained that the plan consisted of several stages in a chain of events that transpired from last Monday until this Saturday.

The plan, according to Maduro, involved increased acts of violence to provoke deaths, commotion in the east of the capital and the betrayal of a group of soldiers who called for a coup to justify a process of intervention were part of that agenda. He stressed that the plan was neutralized by the country’s executive branch.

“From the high military political command we’ve been in session and permanent activity to cut the chain of coup events,” Maduro said.

“Today, 196 years after Carabobo, we’ve contained, we’ve unveiled and we’re defeating the imperialist coup and our country is at peace,” he emphasized.

The head of state also highlighted Venezuela’s victory of peace and truth before the interventionist actions promoted by the Organization of American States.

Maduro also reported that Venezuelan authorities detected a center of operations managed by opposition sectors that sought to perpetrate a sabotage of the National Electoral Council’s computer mainframe. The purpose was to prevent the holding of elections for the National Constituent Assembly on July 30.

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Open letter by the Communist Party of Venezuela: Defeat the Coup Against the Bolivarian Republic

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Open letter by the Communist Party of Venezuela: Defeat the Coup Against the Bolivarian Republic

An open letter to the people, from the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV).
To our compatriot Nicolas Maduro, President of the Republic; to the working class and working people of the city and countryside; to the patriotic officers, classes, and soldiers of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces; to the national leadership and militancy of the political parties and popular organisations of the Great Patriotic Pole, including the United Socialist Party.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela finds itself threatened yet again by acts of political violence from sectors of the extreme right as part of the execution of a destabilising plan elaborated by North American imperialism.
This plan has as its objective the imposition through force and blackmail of a government which would work to maintain US hegemony throughout the continent, taking apart the processes of national liberation which begun across Latin America at the start of this century, and turning back progressive advances which have allowed the working class and the people in general to establish rights and social advances which were historically denied them by governments which responded absolutely to the interests of the bourgeoisie, which in itself acted as a subordinate to North American imperialism.
On this occasion the aggressive escalation against our people by those actors of the oligarchy and extreme right is much greater.
Apart from the anti-popular violent acts resulting in the creation of shortages and the high cost of living, terrorist acts have been seen in various cities across the country in recent weeks.
These acts have been accompanied by a national and international propaganda war which looks to sew confusion and instigate confrontation between nations, creating a state of chaos and violence which only favours a bloody resolution of the political crisis, be it through a coup or a direct intervention by North American imperialism and the international institutions at its beck and call.
The Venezuelan extreme right, following instructions from US imperialism and with its direct financing, does not control itself in its crimes of violence and provocation.
With such objectives in mind, the pro-US right are pressuring military officers with diverse forces of blackmail and manipulation.
We call on the patriotic soldiers and officers to not cede to these unpatriotic terrorists and to take up the cause of the defence of our national sovereignty and our independence and the security of our people without hesitation and with complete commitment.
For us, the Venezuelan communists, it is clear that what is happening is the sharpening of the class struggle in its political form — the heightening of the struggle for power. The forces which represent the interests of European and North American great monopoly capital are attempting to take over control of Venezuela and all Latin America by defeating and vanquishing the social and political sectors which offer resistance to such objectives.
In light of the dangerous terrorist escalation, which is putting our national sovereignty, independence, and the gains of the working people at risk, we call for a unified, forceful, and coherent response. It is necessary to mobilise without delay the widest possible anti-imperialist alliance to defeat the anti-democratic terrorist plans.
We urgently need the central government, the parties of the Great Patriotic Pole, the forces of the popular and working-class movement, and the patriotic command of the armed forces to work together.
It is necessary to develop a popular and patriotic plan to defeat the pro-imperialist and terrorist extreme right. To not do so would be to act with irresponsibility and, in reality, to hand oneself over without a fight.
The true revolutionaries do not hand ourselves over, we fight united until we succeed.
The Venezuelan working class needs that the sectors of the petit-bourgeoisie which currently hold hegemonic power in the national executive, the other powers of state and parties of government, immediately abandon all sectarian and selfish conduct which has only weakened the Bolivarian process and effectively works in favour of the enemies’ plans.
The Communist Party of Venezuela has insisted for many years for the need for a collective and unified national leadership of this Bolivarian process of changes, but the petit-bourgeoisie groupings which have exercised hegemonic control over the government have not paid attention to these calls and proposals.
Hence, in the current context we insist on unity of action of all the political and social forces willing to defend the nation against the imperialist enemy and their puppets.
However also, in the context of a wavering and inconsequent petit-bourgeoisie in power, we call upon the most conscientious and combative sectors of the popular and workers’ movements, the peasantry, the middle strata, the revolutionary intellectuals and the patriotic officers to forge a block of forces which will lead the wide patriotic and anti-imperialist alliance so as to halt the seditious plans of the pro-US right and also so as to displace the reformist-appeasement sectors which, from positions of government, tend to favour the sectors of the big bourgeoisie and form pacts with social democratic elements of the right wing.
Only an ample, popular unity, led by the organised and conscientious working class can guarantee the defence of the Bolivarian nation and the deepening of the revolutionary changes towards the real construction of socialism on scientific and committed foundations.
Peace is won by defeating fascism.
As Protests Rage in Venezuela, US Media Silent on Pro-Government Movements

As Protests Rage in Venezuela, US Media Silent on Pro-Government Movements

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As clashes between the Maduro government in Venezuela and the opposition are getting more and more fierce, the US media is openly calling for an economic war against the Bolivarian Revolution government, blaming it for casualties on both sides of the conflict.

Speaking to Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker, author, journalist and lecturer Arnold August noted that the US media has a very clear stance: that Maduro and his Bolivarian Revolution government are responsible for everything bad that is happening in the country. Those who do not blame Maduro directly nonetheless report on the issue in such a way as to create the impression that Maduro is responsible, August said.

​For example, an April 24 opinion piece by the Washington Times is entitled “Venezuela’s coming civil war: Maduro is arming his thugs to crush the democratic hopes of his desperate people.”

Reuters took a more subtle approach, reporting casualties among civilians without naming who fired the shots, on April 25.

“A 42-year-old man who worked for local government in the Andean state of Merida died from a gunshot in the neck at a rally in favor of president Nicolas Maduro’s government, the state ombudsman and prosecutor’s office said,” the report reads.

“Another 54-year-old man was shot dead in the chest during a protest in the western agricultural state of Barinas, the state prosecutor’s office added without specifying the circumstances,” it continues.

Major media, such as the Miami Herald and CNN, reported in the last few days that the US will have to consider imposing “serious sanctions” on Venezuela, should Maduro fail to host “free and fair” elections, allowing opposition leaders to campaign, August recalled. The US media also purposefully omits reports of demonstrations by the Chavistas — the supporters of the acting government.

The Green Left news website, on the other hand, reported “tens of thousands” of pro-government activists. Deutsche Welle carefully refrained from separating the sides, giving an overall estimate of 6 million people protesting on April 19.  August claimed there were 3 million pro-government protesters across the whole country. All agree that these demonstrations have been the largest in the history of the nation.

August mentioned an opinion piece written for CNN by Jose Miguel Vivanco and Tamara Taraciuk Broner, “high-ranking members” of Human Rights Watch, August explained. Human Rights Watch is heavily financed by George Soros, who is known to be a big proponent of regime change around the world.

Vivanco and Taraciuk’s piece promotes the narrative that all of the deaths and violence in the country are “rightfully” blamed on Maduro, and that international pressure is needed to restore “human rights and democracy in Venezuela.”

“This is one big lie, if I may be quite frank,” August commented.

The US may be up to more than just harsh words in the media, August noted. On April 24, the Maduro government seized a General Motors factory in Venezuela, forcing the company to flee the country, leaving 2,700 people without jobs.

Officially, GM did not pay its taxes and refused to conform to “basic economic and financial rules,” August explains.

But he speculates that GM could have been involved in a darker scheme, similar to what happened in Chile in the 1973 coup d’état against Salvador Allende government.

“Main enterprises in Venezuela — General Motors, but there are others as well — were specifically organizing to hoard goods, to keep it away from the people, in order to create problems, to create a situation where people are starving, etc.,” August told Becker, adding that US companies also cut flights to Venezuela in an attempt to harm its income from tourism.

“It is undeniable that there are internal problems and weaknesses in the economy under the Bolivarian Revolution, but the main feature of the problem at this time is what has been induced and still being induced by the US and its allies,” he said.

Venezuela’s Opposition Openly Calls for Economic War

Venezuela’s Opposition Openly Calls for Economic War

  • Julio Borges, President of the National Assembly, participates in a rally against Venezuela

    Julio Borges, President of the National Assembly, participates in a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 April 2017 (6 hours 36 minutes ago)

The opposition leader’s plan is to prevent the government from receiving loans from international banks, which could affect the whole country.

The head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Julio Borges, has sent more than a dozen letters to major banks asking them not to carry out transactions with the Venezuelan government in order to block the administration of President Nicolas Maduro from receiving financing, the Associated Press reported.

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Borges sent letters warning international banks that they should be worried about their reputation if they support Maduro with financing in his bid to revitalize the economy.

Among the letters, the head of the assembly sent a document to John Cryan, director of Deutsche Bank on Thursday, warning him of the consequences of carrying out financial transactions with Venezuela.

“The national government, through the Central Bank, will try to exchange gold from the national reserve for dollars in order to remain in power unconstitutionally,” Borges wrote.

Borges, one of the founders of the opposition Justice First party, told Cryan “that by supporting this gold exchange, you would be acting in favor of a government recognized as dictatorial by the international community.” International mainstream media regularly echoes the opposition claim that the democratically-elected Maduro government is a dictatorship.

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The lawmaker said this strategy was part of a reform approved by the rogue National Assembly — controlled by the right-wing opposition but declared in contempt by the top court — to cancel any debt by the government that is not explicitly approved by the legislative branch.

Amid a wave of opposition protests in recent weeks, Maduro has repeatedly accused Borges of being a mastermind behind a coup attempt in the country and warned that justice will be served to those responsible for fomenting violence.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders have announced that they will continue to protest, as they have done for the past three weeks in demonstrations on the streets of Caracas that have often turned violent and led to the deaths of at least 22 people.

Maduro said authorities had arrested more than 30 protesters engaged in violence, including an alleged leader of a group of rioters who was caught with explosives.

Venezuelan authorities have called on the Organization of American Staes to condemn the violence perpetrated by the opposition.