Venezuelan rogue police faction attacked the country’s Supreme Court in Caracas on Tuesday, dropping grenades from a helicopter in a dramatic escalation of the months-long crisis engulfing the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
video posted on social media on Tuesday showed a uniformed man identified as Oscar Pérez, flanked by masked, heavily armed men in uniforms, taking responsibility for the operation. The speaker said he represented a coalition of military, police and civilian personnel who opposed what he called “this transitional, criminal government.”
The helicopter was apparently stolen and piloted by an officer in the country’s investigative police force, Oscar Perez. As it strafed the court building and the Interior Ministry in Caracas, the attackers fired gunshots and lobbed grenades, as per the reports.
It is still unclear as to how a rogue police helicopter could have circled high-profile buildings in the Venezuelan capital without being shot down. None of those involved in the attack appear to have been tracked down and the whereabouts of the helicopter remains unknown.
There was sign in the Helicopter, that said, “Art. 350, Libertad.” it is a reference to Article 350 of the Venezuelan Constitution, which encourages people to “disown any regime, legislation or authority that runs counter to democratic principles and guarantees, or that undermines human rights.”
Venezuela is in a worst economic crises.