Helicopter Launches Attack on Supreme Court
Boom! Boom, Boom, Boom and fly away little birdy.
A blue police helicopter was seen flying over central Caracas carrying a banner reading “350 Freedom” – a reference to a clause in the constitution cited by opponents of Mr. Maduro to claim his government is illegitimate.
Four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots fired at the interior ministry on Tuesday, officials said. Rogue policeman Oscar Pérez said he had piloted the stolen helicopter to attack what he called a “criminal government.” His whereabouts are unknown.
In a statement to the press Venezuelan President Maduro said: “you can be assured that sooner or later, we are going to capture that helicopter and those that carried out this terror attack against the institutions of the country.”
And the man claiming responsibility for the attack (a police officer who identified himself as Oscar Pérezhad) a statement of his own:
“We are a coalition of military employees, policemen, and civilians who are looking for balance and are against this criminal government,”. “We don’t belong to any political tendency or party. We are nationalists, patriots, and institutionalists.” The fight is not against the security forces but “against the impunity of this government. It is against tyranny”.
(That’s one way to get their attention. This incident reminded me of the guy who in 1984 attempted to fly a Cessna 150 plane into the White House where he thought Bill and Hilary Clinton were sleeping but crashed on the lawn only killing himself.)
+ Via The BBC News Service: Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court.
+ And the latest – Venezuela hunts rogue helicopter attackers, Maduro foes smell rat.