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Venezuela’s Latest Crackdown on Opposition Protests Includes Launching Tear Gas from Helicopters

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Apr 11, 2017, 10:54 am
Venezuela's Latest Crackdown on Opposition Protests
State officials threw tear down gas with the intention of dispersing a reportedly peaceful demonstration — the fourth one in as many days. (Univisión)

EspañolVenezuela’s repression of protests increased this week, as the Bolivarian National Guard made use of a helicopter to spray demonstrators with tear gas Monday, April 10 in the capital city of Caracas.

State officials threw tear down gas with the intention of dispersing a reportedly peaceful demonstration — the fourth one in as many days.

Tweet: URGENT – VIDEO GNB launches tear gas from a helicopter against demonstrators protesting in El Rosal.

While demonstrators were concentrating in El Rosal, Chacaito, a National Guard helicopter passed and dropped several rounds of tear gas, causing citizens to run immediately.

Maria Corina Machado, leader and coordinator of the Vente Venezuela movement, stated that this action was a violation of Venezuelan laws and international treaties.

In this regard, professor, broadcaster and former media director Marcos Morin Aguirre said aggression by the Venezuelan government has reached a new level: “Two serious violations today: launching tear gas from helicopters, and into a clinic with babies inside.”

Philosopher Erik Del Bufalo said that “launching tear gas from a helicopter is attempted murder, which is not surprising coming from drug traffickers and murderers.”

Tweet: Tear gas or any object launched from a helicopter can kill someone. It’s a potentially lethal force.

Tweet: Launching objects or substances
Article 141: Whoever launches objects or harmful substances from an aircraft or anywhere that uses airspace will be punished with prison for six to eight years, with the exception of what is stated in technical regulation. Prohibition of launching objects from aircrafts. Art. 141 Civil Aviation Law.

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Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.