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Other Dangers, Caracas: 12 reviews and 7 photos

  gunmen shooting unarmed inocent people
by carolinaEspada

They are called "Circulos Bolivarianos", but also, Tupamaros, Comando Ayacucho, Comando Maisanta, etc... They move around the city mainly in motorcicles (two on one motorcicle, one who drives, the one behind that shoots). They have all sort of weapons: from molotov bombs, tear gas... guns... granades... you name it.

They are easy to recognize. They wear red birrets or red t-shirts. And they dont cover their faces (the seem to feel like allowed to kill and rewarded after).

This picture was taken on Monday 16th, 2004. A small group of people -that are against the governement and trully believe that a mega-fraud was done on Sunday 15th referendum- were demostrating (with out a single weapon and without making too much noise). There were a couple of non-important new politicians, some ladies, some senior citizens, several young people and a couple of children. Very-very few people were gathered in Altamira square.

Suddenly... the men from the picture appeared and started shooting. 8 demonstraters badly -really bad- wounded, one 61 year old lady, dead (the bullet that killed her is one that once that penetrates in your body, exploats). No one was armed, no one was protected and, once again, these killers came and shooted. It is not the first time.

And gunmen left, very happily indeed by the signs they were making to the cameras. (T.V. and press cameras).

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2004
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