The opposition took to the streets of cities across the country en masse today again, resulting in more clashes between protesters and security forces.
Twenty seven subway stations were closed this morning (approximately 60% of the entire Caracas subway system) in order to hinder protester movement throughout the city. The measure did not deter thousands of residents from taking to the streets of the city in the latest public show of disapproval of the Maduro regime.
The images below show opposition figure Maria Corina Machado marching with member from her party, Vente Venezuela, in Caracas:
Protesters in the Parque Cristal area of the city:
Many of the demonstrations took place in the Libertador municipality, which covers roughly the western half of Caracas. The municipality is under the control of a PSUV mayor — Jorge Rodriguez — and has for years been an “off-limits” zone for opposition protest. That designation did not stop demonstrators today:
A crowd in the Montalban neighbourhood:
The video below shows demonstrators singing the Venezuelan national anthem on the Francisco de Miranda avenue:
The largely peaceful demonstrations took a tumultuous turn as the day progressed. By 6:00 PM, state security forces were repressing the demonstrations violently in Altamira. The video below shows protesters scattering amid motorcycle charges and tear gas volleys by National Bolivarian Police:
Looting, Heavy Clashes in Los Teques
Protesters were involved in heavy clashes with authorities in Los Teques, a city just south of Caracas, well into the evening.
Below, a video showing a line of National Guard soldiers firing tear gas at and advancing on protesters:
More scenes of unrest:
The image below shows a flaming barricade:
Somewhere in the city, protesters threw molotov cocktails at a National Bolivarian Police truck as it drove through a barricade:
El Nacional report that sporadic looting had broken out in the city. The image below shows a looted liquor store:
Woman’s Plea to Police Officers Caught on Film
A woman was caught on film chastising National Bolivarian Police officers today and pleading with them to turn against the Maduro dictatorship earlier today. While it is not clear exactly where the video was taken, it was likely recorded in Caracas.
Below, the video (make sure to turn on closed captioning):
Third Barquisimeto Resident Dies Following Monday’s Unrest
32-year-old Gruseny Antonio Canelon died overnight from gunshot injuries he sustained at an anti-regime protest on Monday night in Barquisimeto, Lara state. Gruseny is the second protester to die as a result of Monday’s violence in this city this week. A third individual, a 14-year-old named Brayan Principal, was killed under unclear circumstances on Monday, but there is no conclusive evidence that he was participating in anti-regime demonstrations.
Gruseny was shot by a pro-regime armed group — known in Venezuela as a colectivo armado — while protesting at approximately 10:00 PM on Monday.
Colectivo Armado Detains Protesters
A colectivo armado attacked a group of protesters in Caricuao, Caracas overnight and detained at least four of them. The protesters were subsequently taken to the National Guard field base in La Gran Parada area of the city. Two of the detainees were subsequently released.
Below, a video showing the moment when the colectivo members take the protesters away. Throughout the video, indignant witnesses yell obscenities at the colectivo and demand that the men release the protesters:
Colectivos armados are groups of civilians, often armed, who support the Maduro regime and engage in anti-protester activity. Colectivos play a key role in the regime’s repression of dissent, since they act with impunity with the consent of the authorities and engage in activities that might cast a negative light on official state security forces.
Maduro Reacts to San Felix, Thanks People for “Display of Love”
Maduro officially reacted to the humiliation he suffered at the hands of the residents of San Felix on Tuesday evening, who in an overwhelming display of anger and dislike pelted Maduro with garbage and insults.
Maduro said that the opposition had attempted to set up “an ambush” for him in San Felix, but that the people of the city successfully “dismantled it”. He also said that he was perplexed by the fact that some people “went nuts saying crazy things” about the event, and thanked the people of the city for their “display of love and support”.
Yesterday, former vice-president Aristobulo Isturiz said during a television interview that the crowd that rushed Maduro at the end of a military event in the city was actually motivated by love for their leader, and that while they did throw baseballs, mangoes and tomatoes at the president, the items actually contained messages of love for Maduro.
Varela Uses Homophobic Slur for Capriles, Calls Supporters Drug Addicts
Minister of Penitentiaries Iris Varela chimed in yesterday on the events of San Felix. Through a series of tweets, Varela said that Miranda state governor and opposition figure Henrique Capriles was responsible for the attack on Maduro on April 11.
Capriloca’s drug-crazed followers were crazy to infiltrate the chavista crowd in order to get a selfie to put up on social media.
Varela used the term Capriloca to refer to Capriles. The term is a combination of Capriles and the word loca, which is the feminine form of the word “crazy”. The ruling party has long asserted that Capriles is a homosexual, and regime officials and supporters will often use homophobic slurs to refer to him.
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