All major international news outlets reported on Venezuela’s latest events yesterday. CNN, NYTimes, The Guardian, and local news outlets all reported about a helicopter flying over Caracas in the evening news.
The facts: Oscar Perez, a handsome crime unit investigator who has taken baby steps into film production, flew a police helicopter over the Supreme Court, shooting several rounds with an automatic weapon, and dropping a grenade that failed to explode. In a video, Oscar Perez says that he is part of a civil-military coalition to oust the government. Neither the opposition nor the military have confirmed the existence of the so called coalition.
What the news didn’t capture is the background story behind the alleged attack.
Just hours before, Maduro declared war on the population live TV. “What we didn’t win in the elections will take with guns,” he said. After the helicopter incident he addressed the nation again denouncing terrorism and threatening with the full strength of the armed forces.
While the helicopter was flying around Caracas downtown, a group of diputados (legislators) and journalist was taken hostage by the National Guard and the Colectivos, the paramilitary groups armed by Chavez early in his tenure to defend the revolution. The National Guard tried to bring several large black boxes marked withe the acronym CNE, Electoral Council, into the National Assembly. The legislators and journalist tried to stop this odd action fearing that guns would be planted in the house. They were beaten.
Today, social media unearthed previous videos and photos that identify Oscar Perez as loyal to the regime. Is this a staged production paid by Maduro’s regime to give himself an excuse to militarize the country and impose martial law? Is this another effort to distract the protestors who have flooded the streets with peaceful demonstrations for the last 91 consecutive days?
Venezuelans appreciate the coverage given yesterday by major media outlets in the nation because it brings the conflict front and center on the international media and brings it to the attention of international organizations with the jurisdiction to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan regime. However, please read carefully to avoid being fooled by poorly planned staged productions to further justify the dictator’s brutal actions.
Today protestors are back on the streets, increasing pressure on the regime, demanding the resignation of the dictator, more focused than ever in recovering FREEDOM.