- Posted April 6, 2014 by
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Protestas en Venezuela
A night in Venezuela
On the night of 26th March, the small community of "San Isidro", located in the center of Maracay City, Venezuela, lived a true nightmare. San Isidro is a small neighborhood located very close to the Municipality Office.
That night, according to witnesses, pro-government armed groups threw Molotov cocktail bombs to the Municipality building's basement, while some students were protesting just outside the neighborhood.
Then, those armed groups went into 3 of the closest buildings in the neighborhood (Habitat 21, Habitat 22 and Lumier), destroying everything they could in the ground floors, burning 10 cars and damaging more than 20 others. This video is from a Security Camera of one of the buildings and it shows clearly when the armed groups entered to destroy the vehicles.
All of this happened with the presence (and help) of the State Police and the National Guard. In fact, while the armed groups acted, the police remained idle outside the Municipality Building and the National Guard threw tear gas to the protesters.
When some neighbors called the fire fighters, the response was "we can not attend your call because we are not authorized to act in this case". After so many calls, they decided to come (around 3 hours late) but the fire truck was water empty. Basically, they neighbors had to extinguish the fire themselves as they could. Ten cars were burned in the Habitat 22 building, while in the Habitat 21 building 16 cars were robed and vandalized. Later on the armed groups moved into Lumier Residence, where they damaged all the cars located in the parking lot.
The worst thing is that, after February 12 2014, when the students decided to go to the streets and protest against the government, a similar situation is repeated every night in a different city of Venezuela.