The video shows a large police motorcade going down the streets of their capital, Caracas, as they normally would given the months of civil unrest in the country. What started as just a normal parade however turns violent when a bomb explodes in the middle of the convoy, injuring seven officers.
What happens next is just as disturbing: witnesses of the explosion clapping and cheering at the possible deadly situation. Officers immediately emerge from the smoke, firing at the group of protesters, resulting in the person filming the video to run away.
The rioting began back in April against their President Nicolas Maduro, who Venezuelans hold responsible for inflation, food shortages, and trying to rewrite their constitution. According to Venezuelan attorney general’s office, over 120 people have died in these riots. The situation has gotten so bad that all the employees at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela have been ordered to leave the country, as the country is on the brink of civil war.
The explosion took place Sunday, the same day the government voted to dissolve their democracy and instead elect a 545-member constituent assembly that will have the the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions. However, the vote is being called a sham and the U.S. State Department released a statement to support the Venezuelan citizens.
“We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the national constituent assembly as a result of today’s flawed election.”
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