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Venezuelan Congress Held Hostage by Army, Chavista Paramilitaries

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 28, 2017, 2:38 pm
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The Bolivian National Guard allegedly delivered packages with the seal of the National Electoral Council on them to the Legislative Palace around 5 p.m. local time. (Twitter)

EspañolVenezuelan army officials and paramilitary groups in support of Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and his regime swarmed the country’s National Assembly building Tuesday, June 27 and attacked several congress members and journalists.

The Bolivian National Guard allegedly delivered packages with the seal of the National Electoral Council on them to the Legislative Palace around 5 p.m. local time. Paramilitary groups — often referred to as “collectives” — demanded to know what they contained, resulting in violent confrontations inside the building and out.

Tweet: HAPPENING NOW. Caught on tape: GNB aggression against parliamentarians at the National Assembly. Armed Forces brought National Electoral Council packages to the Parliament building.

Congresswomen Delsa Solórzano and Olivia Lozano and Congressman Winston Flores were attacked with helmets when they tried to stop the ballot boxes and machines from entering the building.

Congress members demanded that the Command of the National Guard located in the building — which has a legal obligation to defend them — give an explanation for what was happening. Colonel Lugo, in charge of the Command, did not answer.

Around six in the afternoon, the National Assembly’s twitter account said that groups linked to the ruling party were aggressively trying to enter the palace. Congressmen were attacked from outside with explosives and mortars.

Tweet: Government-supporting groups launch 10 explosives, mortars, inside the Federal Legislative Palace.

Tweet: Violent regime groups launch explosives toward the Federal Legislative Palace while those in National Guard uniform remain still.

The paramilitary groups assaulted and threatened the legislators who, just minutes before, were holding a session inside the palace. At 8 p.m., officials were still inside the building because the paramilitary group would not let them leave.

At 10 p.m., officials still remained in the building as paramilitary groups continued to threaten and attack the building from the outside, according to sources close to the PanAm Post.

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

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