Thursday, March 13, 2014

Venezuela: Update--Three More Killed Stemming from Protests in Carabobo

According to The Latin American Tribune, a university student in his third year at the University of Carabobo, a member of the National Guard and a resident who was painting his house lost their lives on Wednesday (March 13) in Valencia in acts of violence linked to the wave of anti-government protests that has swept the country in recent weeks.

Carabobo Gov. Francisco Ameliach told state-run VTV television that “snipers fired at their own people ... in the middle of the street, and regrettably there is one person dead and several wounded.”

According to the local daily, El Carabobeño, the student who was killed was Jesús Acosta, 23, who was shot in the chest as he stood in front of his house at 1330 hours on Wednesday. 

COMMENT: Ameliach said that the presumed snipers had positioned themselves on the roofs of buildings from where they could see a march by automotive workers whom they intended to attack and who changed their route when they were alerted “by security forces” about the presence of the gunmen. 

Three members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), the country’s militarized police, were wounded by criminals who want to isolate the country’s main port at Puerto Cabello.

Minutes later, Ameliach said on Twitter that “terrorist criminals just killed a captain of the GNB in Mañomgo Municipio Naguanagua,” in Carabobo.

Valencia Mayor Miguel Cocchiola, who is a member of the opposition, later also wrote on Twitter of the death of “Guillermo Sanchez, 42, from a bullet wound in the violent acts in La Isabelica,” where Acosta also died.

“Guillermo was a humble Valencian who was painting the front of his house when a bullet ... ended his life,” he said.

Venezuela has been experiencing a wave of anti-government protests for the past month that have at times degenerated into violence that has taken the lives of more than 20 people, resulted in hundreds being injured and led to more than 1,000 arrests.

Until such time as stability is brought to protest areas throughout Venezuela, foreigners, both essential and non-essential, and are urged defer travel to the country .