Fifty members of a paramilitary group known as colectivo tried to take over a station of the Venezuelan Criminal Police (CICPC) in Caracas.
Their objective was to rescue a fellow member held there as the main suspect in the murder of a bodyguard who worked for Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez.
The attack was repealed with the help of the BAE (CICPC’s SWAT) and back-up agents of the Bolivarian National Police.
In parts of Western Caracas and specially in the 23 de Enero neigborhood, those armed groups are the law. In many occasions, they do only harm. As hardcore Chavistas, they’re not above threatening violence every now and then.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.