Yesterday evening, officers from a range a police agencies including the National Bolivarian Police, CONAS and SEBIN raided the Los Verdes apartment complex in the El Paraiso neighbourhood of Caracas. The officers broke into homes, caused damage to vehicles and building facilities, and arrested twenty three individuals.
Minister of the Interior Nestor Reverol qualified the raid as a success late last night, saying through his Twitter account that authorities had taken 23 “terrorists” off the streets. Reverol also said that the authorities also found home-made explosives, two pistols and a shotgun during the raid.
Below, an image of some of the detainees shared by Reverol last night:
Reverol also shared the following image, which allegedly shows some of the materials that the authorities seized during the raid:
At the same time, residents of Los Verdes took to Twitter to post images of the damage that the raiding officers caused to property on the premises. The video below shows authorities breaking down the gates of the residential complex:
The images below, shared by Caracas city councillor Jesus Armas, show damage to vehicles as well as what appears to be a door on the site:
The images below show more damages to vehicles and building property, including the elevators:
The images below show gunshot damage to a door. The caption reads, “When [the residents] do not open the door, [the officers] shoot the doors to force them open”:
Dog Shot During Raid; Later Put Down by Owner
During the raid, officers shot a dog named Cross. The dog was shot inside his owner’s apartment because he would not stop barking while officers were inside the unit. Below, an image of the dog’s injuries:
As a precaution, we have locks on our door. Cross [got out] onto the hallway and approached the officer in a friendly way. He loaded his weapon and shot him.
Another resident of the same unit, Mariana Hernaiz, told media last night that her dog had been shot by against from the SEBIN, the regime’s political police. Hernaiz also said that the officers were not in danger at any moment from the dog:
My dog is not aggressive. We have three other dogs, and [Cross] was the only one who started barking. The whole time that we’ve lived here he’s never tried to bite anyone.
I felt that he was in pain (…) once [the officers] left I started giving him first aid and I found some neighbours to help me. It started to rain heavily and after four hours I was able to go out with Cross, but he couldn’t take it anymore and I put him to sleep.
Unrest Enters 74th Day
The streets of Venezuela saw anti-regime unrest today for an unprecedented 74th consecutive day, with skirmishes breaking out between security forces in protesters in a number of major cities around the country.
Today’s protest action took the form of a planton nacional (roughly, “national sit-in”), and involved demonstrators taking to major intersections in their respective cities and towns to block traffic.
As has been the case since the unrest broke out on April 1, Caracas in particular saw a significant amount of violent confrontations between the two sides.At least 28 individuals were injured in confrontations with the authorities through the days in the capital city alone.
The image below shows a group of demonstrators near the Terrazas del Avila neighbourhood of Caracas blocking traffic on a road this morning:
Repression from the authorities began at around the noon hour, with National Guard soldiers firing tear gas to disperse the demonstrators from the area:
The video below was recorded from an apartment building in the Terrazas del Avila neighbourhood, and shows demonstrators in a skirmish with National Guard soldiers. In the second half of the video the demonstrators yell for a medic, suggesting that someone has been injured:
The video below shows National Guard soldiers in action in the same area later in the day. The video shows the soldiers breaking into a building belonging to a residential complex in the area:
There was unrest elsewhere in the city as well. The video below shows a group of journalists and medical volunteer being detained by National Guard soldiers, who yell at the individuals to get on the floor and refrain from speaking:
The video below shows a vehicle on fire as well as a group of demonstrators throwing rocks at authorities in the Altamira neighbourhood:
PSUV Deputy: Constituent Assembly Has “Fractured” Regime, “United” Opposition
National Assembly deputy (PSUV) German Ferrer said today that Maduro’s Communal Constituent Assembly–a mechanism that will be tasked with drafting a new national constitution later this summer–has “fractured” chavismo and “united” the opposition.
Ferrer made the comments during an interview on Union Radio, during which he also said that the “possibility of conducting politics” was deteriorating by the day given the Maduro regime’s stance towards dissent both outside and inside the PSUV. As a result, Ferrer believes that “the republic is at risk”.
Ferrer also said that many PSUV officials agree with the work that his wife, attorney general Luisa Ortega Diaz, has been doing in recent weeks, but that they are afraid to speak out in public out of fear of incurring the wrath of the regime.
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