The late June story over at the Washington Post warned us why Venezuela may be rushing headfirst into a civil war after a surreal and movie-like scene had unfolded for Venezuelans and the world to see: A police helicopter circling the capital of Venezuela carrying a banner that read 'Libertad', or 'freedom'.
While govt officials of Venezuela confirmed that the chopper dropped several grenades on the Supreme Court building in the city of Caracas, leading President Nicolas Maduro to claim a coup was being attempted, he darkly warned of more violence ahead. As we see in the ghastly new videos at the bottom of this story, his warnings of more violence have exploded across the starving nation with one confrontation after another and bloodshed everywhere. From Maduro.:
"If Venezuela was plunged into chaos and violence and the Bolivarian Revolution destroyed, we would go to combat. We would never give up, and what couldn’t be done with votes, we would do with weapons. We would liberate the fatherland with weapons.”
The opposition-controlled legislature was holding a special session to mark independence day when the government supporters burst in.
Two politicians were seriously injured and bleeding heavily from head wounds.
"Protests by government supporters have become the norm every time the opposition-controlled assembly is in session, but we have never seen this kind of violence before," he said.
Tension is high in Venezuela after three months of anti-government protests in which 91 people were killed in clashes with police.
While Maduro still has the backing of the military high command, what analysts claim is a key factor in helping him stay in power, at least 123 soldiers of Venezuela have been detained since the protests began with the bizarre and surreal police 'helicopter attack' upon the Supreme Court becoming a galvanizing force for the starving masses.
“Once again, we are in Caracas, ready and willing to continue our struggle for the liberation of our country,” Oscar Pérez said in a video uploaded to YouTube, filmed in front of a Venezuelan flag. “We are fully sure of what we are doing and if we must give up our lives, we will hand them over to the people. If this constituent assembly takes place, there will be no Venezuela.”
Pérez’s statement comes ten days after he flew a stolen police helicopter close to the country’s supreme court building, with another passenger firing several times at the building and dropping multiple grenades before flying out of the area. He also attached a flag that read “350 Freedom,” a reference to the Article 350 of the Venezuelan constitution that says Venezuelans reserve the right to “not recognize any regime, legislation, or authority that contradicts their values, principles, and democratic guarantees or disregards human rights.”
Following the incident, Pérez posted a video on Instagram condemning the “corrupt government,” accompanied by three armed militants.
“We have two choices: be judged tomorrow by our conscience and the people or begin today to free ourselves from this corrupt government,” he said.
The scene is set against the darkened skies of a smoky battlefield as the glorified Christ moves through the midst of soldiers from all the different eras of time. As if they had stepped from the battle moments before, bloodstained and exhausted, they bow in submission, overwhelmed by emotion before the King of Kings.
On Christ's sash, the words of Isaiah are written in ancient Hebrew, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares ... neither shall they learn war any more" (Isaiah 2:4).
Can anyone truly comprehend the sacrifices our young men and women make who serve in the military? To all those who have served or are serving their country on the battlefield, to their families, and to those who prayerfully await the return of their loved ones, I humbly dedicate this painting. May we remember them in our prayers and know that peace is coming.
In the first 4 videos below we see footage directly from the front lines of Venezuela including the recent storming of the National Assembly in Venezuela and numerous major skirmishes between the different sides. In the final video below, our videographer breaks down what's now happening there, the utter collapse of Venezuela, as panic ensues.