Venezuela Coup? “Live Fire” Exchanged Outside Contested Air Base, Armored Car Plows In Protesters from ZeroHedge
update 4: In a dramatic escalation, Bloomberg reports that an armored car has plowed into a crowd of protesters demonstrating outside the La Carlota Air Force base in Caracas — scene of prior clashes and reported exchanges of live fire.
🇻🇪 | REBELIÓN EN VENEZUELA: Tanquetas militares arrollan a grupo de manifestantes en Caracas: pic.twitter.com/BLirOAoFkP
— Alerta News 24 (@AlertaNews24) April 30, 2019
Per Bloomberg: “An armored car has plowed into protesters, apparently crushing some, at La Carlota air base in Venezuela. Demonstrators had launched barrages of rocks and Molotov cocktails at the vehicles patrolling its perimeter.”
Video appears to show an armored car running over one or more protesters in Venezuela https://t.co/SvtLJs7BUG
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) April 30, 2019
update 3: Things are getting hotter in Venezuela, as Reuters reports that a pro-Guaidó gathering at the La Carlota military air base came under fire and shot back.
— Rafael Hernández (@sincepto) April 30, 2019
update 2: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Guaidó has the White House’s full support in the opposition leader’s call for military uprising against Maduro, and is monitoring closely.
There are further unconfirmed reports suggesting limited groups of National Guard soldiers may be defecting to the Guaido-led opposition, and at least some videos coming out of Caracas appear to show clashes between the rival factions, but Maduro is claiming to have the “total loyalty” of the armed forces.
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) April 30, 2019
Clashes appear to be focused outiside La Carlota Air Force base in Caracas, where Guaido’s opposition assembly has announced they will meet later in the day.
#30Abr Así se encuentra la Base Aérea de La Carlota. Se observa movimiento por parte de funcionarios militares en vehículos. #TVVenezuela #ENVIVO por: https://t.co/gGrv4KLF5U pic.twitter.com/oADgJmRO75
— TVVenezuela Noticias (@TVVnoticias) April 30, 2019