Riots in Táchira leave two police officers dead

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Local media just confirmed the death of two law enforcement agents, one from the National Police, 25, and another from Táchira State Police, 20,  after they were run over by a public transport unit allegedly hijacked by Instituto Universitario de Tecnología Agroindustrial Región Los Andes (IUT) student, William Parada, now in custody.

According to reports, student protests broke out this morning around the IUT, in La Concordia neighborhood of San Cristobal, due to the government mandated hike in public transport fare enacted this week, prompting local police to barricade access to the main streets adjacent to the University, which includes the San Cristobal Bus Terminal, in order to contain the protests.

Reports of what followed are still murky, but sources claim that a group of students in ski mask stole an Expresos Barinas bus and drove it kamikaze style into the police barricade, leaving two dead officers and four more with “considerable injuries.”

So far, the PoliTáchira Twitter account has a tally of 53 people in custody, following this morning’s events. National Guard troops have been deployed, classes have been suspended in IUT as well as UNET and UCAT, and the Táchira State transport worker’s union has announced it will suspend all operations until further notice.

Not surprisingly, the blame game has already begun, with pro-government outlets blaming Uribe-bankrolled Colombian paramilitaries for the violence, and Táchira Governor vilifying students for what is, objectively, a condemnable tragedy resulting in the loss of two young lives.

To speak of accountability in this context is both heartbreaking and brutal. Random acts of violence are totally unacceptable, regardless of motive, and today’s assailants must face up to their crimes. Two families have lost loved ones. Ultimately, though, it’s a Government that has allowed social unrest to reach this boiling point through deliberate inaction that should be criminally liable as well.

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  1. In the meantime, eluniversal.com leads with news on Brazilian politics and follows with how much money people spent n Holy week… Hegemony works!!!

  2. “Random acts of violence are totally unacceptable, regardless of motive, and today’s assailants must face up to their crimes”

    Agreed.

    now, violence or non violent actions need to become non random and rather well planed and executed as part of a well directed resistance. otherwise we will continue to be the mice in the farce ” el gato jugando con los ratones” that we have become under cuban stewardship.

    • Also agreed. I think Emiliana was very fair in describing a very painful event that no one, including most in the opposition, wants to see happen. Violence is rarely justified.

      • Violence has never come in neither a planned nor a spontaneous way from the opposition, ever.

        This is just another of those disgusting facho-tactics employed by chavismo to justify the following repression that serves to three purposes:

        1- Instill fear on the population (If you dare to stop smiling we’ll kill you) It’s been that way since april 2002 when the corpse ordered Llaguno’s gunmen to rain gunfire on the protesters.

        2- Have an excuse to imprison or worse, DISAPPEAR in the most Fujimoran-Disip-Pinochet-Videla-Way ANY person they deem as “non-scareable”

        3- Give the criminals that form the chavista shock troops an outlet for their sadism and aberrant depravation (Such as the colectivos that stripped people naked and beat the living lights outta them)

        A link to a news pointing that chavismo started to publish pictures to blame scapegoats while covering the actual murderers that are from their ranks -> http://www.webntn24tv.us/noticia/publican-los-rostros-de-los-presuntos-responsables-del-asesinato-de-dos-policias-en-el-estado-95050

        It’s the same story since 2002: We chavistas are saints, the “blondie, fag sifrinos are faceless baby-eating monsters and thus deserve to be killed ASAP”

  3. Ah, los parásitos encapuchados del chavismo (aka los abuelos) atacan de nuevo.

    No dudo que es otra trácala del aberrado vielma “gocho es sabañón” mora y la piromaniática de su esposa para fabricar una excusa con el objeto de volver a liberar a las hordas asesinas sobre el pueblo otra vez como en 2014.

  4. The situation for people outside Caracas is dire. When something like this happens, the immediate trigger may be bus fares, but there are much graver hardships people are enduring than bus fares. I think it happens in this context because this is a place where people congregate. These things are triggered by anger and desperation, and these are flames erupting in a highly explosive atmosphere. Not good.

  5. It is about time that Venezuelans of any political shade with some political importance understand
    they must present a COMPREHENSIVE plan when they present some proposal. We have been acting like the dog that goes back to its own vomit – to quote Proverbs – since time immemorial.

    Thing is: petrol was (and still is) almost for free but the actual transportation cost of an average Venezuelan is actually much higher than that of someone living in Germany and earning more than 20 times more and sometimes not just in relative terms, which is mental.

    Why?

    There are many factors.

    Cars and car parts cost much more in Venezuela.

    Transportation companies are divided into many mostly mafias or little companies that cannot be as efficient economically as major ones.

    Roads are shit.

    People do not know the concept of a transportation card: in virtually all developed or DEVELOPING nations
    people actually buy a card for one month, for three months in order to use the public line they usually have to use. Transportation cards or long-time tickets are good for companies and people alike.

    Of course, if petrol prices had been going up according to the market, this wouldn’t have happened but the mess is what we have. Whoever wants to get into politics needs to explain exactly how
    José Rodríguez and María González are going to manage to go to work if petrol prices go up.

    • BTW, the concept of a transportation card could also allow targeted subsidies instead of the blanket free-gas-for-all policy of today.

      Want to ensure some at-risk collectives can actually use public transportation, issue cards for them, specifically.

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