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Over the weekend, a special raid took place in Ciudad Tiuna, the housing complex located near the premises of Fuerte Tiuna, main military installation in Caracas. Press reports indicate that eight alleged criminals were killed on site and 23 people were arrested.

The relatives of several victims who witnessed the raid shared details on the police operation with El Pitazo (which was published on Tal Cual, because of the recent developments regarding their own website):

“Around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 500 members of the tactical group of the PNB (Bolivarian National Police) dressed in black and wearing ski masks, entered the housing complex located in the sector Las Mayas….

Between blocks 28 to 36, officers trespassed the homes without a court warrant, as established in Article 211 of the Organic Penal Procedural Code (COPP). The individuals wanted by the authorities were taken to floors near to their apartments and were executed facing the walls, according to their relatives, who spoke from the Bello Monte morgue…”.

The individuals wanted by the authorities were taken to floors near to their apartments and were executed facing the walls.

Back in May, a similar operation in Ciudad Tiuna left three dead and seven others detained.

Both operations share another thing in common besides the place: The presence of the FAES (Special Actions Force), the tactical group of the Bolivarian National Police Corps, which is considered by human rights NGOs like Provea as responsible of arbitrary and extrajudicial killings.

A relative of one of the people killed, wasn’t surprised about what happened with the special group: “They come every three months. This time, they took too long. They were one month late.” Another said that the officers yelled repeatedly that they were acting “under presidential orders”.

This action from the FAES group is considered as an evolution of the State’s security strategy, which began with the OLP (People’s Liberation Operation) back in 2015 with the Battle of Cota 905. Those awful results were registered in several reports and harrowing accounts.

The officers yelled repeatedly that they were acting “under presidential orders”.

But the government considers that FAES is doing quite a good job and earlier this year, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol announced that the group would expand its scope beyond Caracas. First came the states of Aragua, Miranda and Tachira. Later in July, other three states were added: Guarico, Lara and Zulia.

Last month, FAES made its formal debut in Lara with an operation in Las Sabilas neighborhood  (north of Barquisimeto) that left three dead and eight arrested citizens. One week later, another incursion caused three casualties in Sarare, near the border with Portuguesa State. Last week, six delinquents died in a shootout with FAES in La Lucha neighborhood (western Barquisimeto). According to the official account, the situation ended this way because the criminals (who were part of the gang known as Los Torombolos) refused to surrender.

Is the deployment of the FAES in Lara State a sign that the PNB will eventually replace the local police force? There’s no evidence of that in the latest statements by both the commander of the Lara State Police José Calatrava and the State Secretary for Public Safety, Kleyder Ferreiro. But in the larger picture: the dreadful atmosphere surrounding FAES and the alarming number of dead bodies that it leaves behind indicate that the issue of high criminality rates in Venezuela and the human rights concerns deeply linked to it have not diminished in the wake of the current socio-economic crisis or the migrant wave caused by it.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. “Around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 500 members of the tactical group of the PNB (Bolivarian National Police) dressed in black and wearing ski masks, entered the housing complex located in the sector Las Mayas….”

    Another example of our sweet, honest, hard-working, beloved pueblo-people, huh..

    PNB, Sebin, all police forces, all the Fuerzas armadas, from soldados rasos to the Tenientes or Generals, corrupt INDIOS, all of them. Uneducated THIEVES. Gentuza. That’s why Narco-Klepto Cubazuela is where it is. Average People like that, not “Chavistas”, mind you. Simple crooks and bad people, by the hundreds of thousands, in every city, at every level of a rotten society. In every “profession”. Most of them crooks. Ignorant indians. Criminals.

    PNB, Bolivarian National Police.. How many are they, plus the Sebin and the Collectivos, and the military and the “armed forces”, and the Metropolitana and Disip (back in the day): PURO MALANDRO.

    Kleptozuela: PURO MALANDRO. Not all, but many. That’s why they ended up where they are.

  2. How do you deal with such a rotten society? A garrotazo limpio, that’s the only way, unfortunately for the few innocent ones still remaining. You need a freaking dictator, unfortunately. Ruthless. But determined and patriotic. A Perez Jimenez or a Pinochet. Way, way better than the Chavistoide animals in power today. You think Henry Ramos, or Borges or even MCM or Capriles MUD CRAP will ever start fixing Kleptozuela, educating the millions of corrupt indians? Sending the to jail when necessary? Of course not.

    How do you fix Haiti, Nicaragua, Klepto-Cubazuela and half of the shit-hole nations in Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa. You get rid of stupid religions, or in Kleptozuela’s case, you educate the corrupt indians and send many of them to jail, for a few decades, until they learn how to think and how to work. Until they become a decent, productive educated “pueblo”, instead of the malandros we have.

    Only then can you go back to a ‘democracy’ of sorts, like Uruguay or Chile did. When you have less criminal, ignorant indians as the bulk of your “pueblo”.

    • So PC, after 20 years of chavism, el pueblo are all ignorant, uneducated, malandros, rapists and drug dealers, but maybe some of them are good people.

      Your recommendation is a dictator. Full stop. But this time a different kind of dictator. A benevolent one who will not be corrupt and will whip el pueblo into shape, enforce laws and educate them, etc. And f not, DJT will brings in the Marines? Thanks for that.

      • There’s no such thing as a perfect, benevolent dictator. But the MUD is a lot worse. And Chavismo even worse, of course. When a country of corrupt, uneducated Indians is all there is left, the only way to start fixing the economy and fixing the corrupt, ignorant indians from el pueblo is with tough laws and a tough bunch of rulers. No tropical kleptozuelan “democracy” will ever be able to fix that mess. Not even close. Not in 100 years. Whatever’s left of Venezuela and Venezuelans are just too corrupt, too ignorant and too twisted. Try fixing Haiti or Zimbabwe or even Cuba without some real bad ass dictatorship. Unfortunately. They would also steal, kill and torture, but a lot less. While they begin to educate the corrupt, lazy, useless indians, and taking the tough economic measures we all know that need to be taken to fix that mess. No MUD will ever be able to do that, so Klepto-Cubazuela is screwed for a loooooooong time. Eso se jodio. Even worse than Cuba. People el pueblo sucks. Not just Chavismo, which is just a reflection of the ignorant, corrupt pueblo to begin with.

        • So, my mistake, a benevolent dictor won’t work. No use trying anything, all corrupt and ignorant, and putas erc, same as Haiti and Cuba, etc. So PC.. why do you return to rant so often every day if there is no solution?

          And you have nothing to offer except the same rant, only jumbling the same words, day after day? You offer nothing but hate, racism, and your own ignorance of Venezuela.

          So why, exactly, do you come here? Do you have anything to offer? If so, what exactly?

  3. Just wondering if anyone knows of software that can pick-up on key words like, “Klepto-
    Cubazuela,” and automatically delete comments containing them?

  4. In Venezuela, only 1% or so of criminals, even murderers, ever see jail. The judicial system is completely corrupted, especially since Caldera’s infamous COPP law, allowing 72 hours for “fiscales” to bring formal charges, during which they are bribed/threatened to drop the charges. Even with charges pressed, they can easily be bribe-dropped all the way up from court clerks to judges. FAES/similar is simply the outcome of the crooked justice system in an imperfect attempt to apply justice to the most hardened criminals. Ciudad Tiuna, next to Fuerte Tiuna, Caracas’s main military base, and part of Govt. housing freebies Mision Vivienda, is rife with drug dealers, kidnappers, prostitution, assorted pranes/gang members, who even occasionally attack military personnel (bad idea, as they eventually find out).

    • Ditto, well said Net. We all wonder what the charges are?? But we all know is that mission viviendas are rat nests full of rats who are armed to the teeth.

      Like you said, one of these rats f*&ked with the wrong military dude and they all paid the price. Not trying to take down a prawn, not trying to take out a violent gang: pure and simple revenge is the most likely suspect.

  5. Fucking sick of it Poeta seriously dude what happened to you man? Why all the hate and intolerance?!!?
    Anyways the underlying issue is that the fiscals or government prosecutors are also in on it. We make up a black list and hand it to our cop buddies and they go round up the guilty parties and catch them with all the shit they stole, run them through the proper channels and the prosecutor makes a cash deal with them and they are back out the next day working twice as hard to make up for lost revenues. The best case scenario is that one of your high end buddies gets your black list so that they will do what these guys did and just exterminate the vermin once and for all. Sad but true ladies and gentlemen.

    • “Fucking sick of it Poeta seriously dude what happened to you man? Why all the hate and intolerance?!!?”

      What happened? El poeta que se hace la p*j* sin abrirse la bragueta has been that way since he was born.

      Typical sifrinito attitude. Le falto decir niches.

      Right Carlitos?

      • “Typical sifrinito attitude. Le falto decir niches.”

        Actually, typical closeted chavizta attitude: “It’s not the fault of our sacred leaders, but of those stupid imbeciles that crawl called ‘pueblo’!”

        Not only poeta, there’s also davy jones, crusader, guapo and many others who constantly bray about how “Venezuela is forever fucked and lost” and NOTHING else.

      • Well in a lot of ways he’s right. Its just the message is always being brayed in the same old loud and hateful ways. And please don’t make me site one of MANY examples of downright racism. I know we are all guilty of it from time to time but you can’t slur an entire nationality so generally and repetitively and not get called on it. Why not focus on the positives and see if there is a solution instead of beating a dead horse and rubbing the dogs nose in the shitty stinking carcas. Its like ya man! Quit your bullying, Venezuela has already suffered enough self esteem problems that it will be a miracle if she ever recovers of if she slits her wrists. People should be proud of their heritage, proud for their mix, cultures learn to dominate their baser tendencies and allow there redeeming features to shine. Indian blood does not equal monkeys swinging from the trees or stupidity or any other inequality.

  6. I don’t really consider this a new phenomenon, other than the name and composition of the group itself. I say so because for as long as I’ve lived in this small town, every few months the PTJ (CICPC) makes a sweep through here and generally leaves 2 or 3 dead behind and hauls off another 4 or 5 in the back of a pickup. From what I understand, they arrive with photos in hand and if those who are to be executed aren’t armed when they’re found, they’re armed when the evidence photos of their dead bodies are taken.

    Just another day in paradise. We go on. Godspeed Naky. We’re praying for you.

    • It’s even older than you think. Back in the 70s, the PTJ’s then “Special Operations” group was known as “Grupo G.A.T.O”, which answered directly to the head of the PTJ already had an unsavory reputation.

      • Goes back much father than the 1970s “The police’s central role in judicial investigation in Venezuela can be traced back to the security forces of Juan Vicente Gómez, via the Seguridad Nacional of Marcos Pérez Jiménez. The PTJ is ascribed to the Justice Ministry, creating a “hybrid of organizational dependence on the executive but functional dependence on the judiciary has led to many political frictions”.

    • Extra judicial killings are old hat for Venezuela. I can remember as far back as the 70’s when this sort of thing went on, and has kept on. 80’s, 90’s 00’s.

      All that changes is the acronym for whatever group has decided to take the law into their hands.

      Quite frankly, there is a part of me that is glad those hoodlums got whacked. Then I read things like what MRubio posted about mistaken identity and I realize it’s not the best way.

      In these times, one has to wonder if this wasn’t just “un ajuste de cuentas entre bandas rivales”.

      If we had a judiciary that actually enforced the laws…….. but we never had that really.

  7. “From what I understand, they arrive with photos in hand and if those who are to be executed aren’t armed when they’re found, they’re armed when the evidence photos of their dead bodies are taken.”

    Not quite “Full Stalin”, but baby steps.

    • Mistakes are made sometimes, of course. Last year, there was one kid (22 or 23 years old) executed who looked just like his older brother. The brother was a bad-ass malandro, the kid worked at a local bakery and was never in trouble. Left behind a wife and 4 young kids. Lived about a block and a half from here, but unfortunately, was visiting his brother’s house when the PTJ arrived. Oh, the brother? He was one of two shot dead late one night at the back gate of a local ranch a few weeks ago.

      Life’s worth very little here in Venezuela, but then, most of you already knew that.

  8. Sadly, Ii’m quite familiar with how FAES raids work. My mother-in-law met them face to face when they broke in her house at 3 AM, assaulted her and took her son over an Instagram post. We didn’t even know if he was alive until mid-day.

    Same MO as the one described: no warrant, bunch of thugs in black and masks, weapons out and said they acted “under the president’s orders”.

    They can get fucked with a sideways fork.

    • “They can get fucked with a sideways fork.”

      “But then you’re committing crimes against humanity even if you’re not government at all! Wwwaaaaahhh! Poor little chabviztas that must be sheltered and protected from the maniacal facho sifrinitas!”

      • “Chavista feelings must be protected, they must never face the fact that their ideology divided the country, destroyed our institutions and caused the biggest economic catastrophe ever recorded in a country without war or else we’ll never win them over.
        Who are you, a divisionist? How dare you demand a modicum of accountability for the collaborators, accomplices and enablers. They were all fooled durning 20+ years, so the sackers and malandros must have our pity, and our wallets. Oh and if you speak out bang bang bitch

        #SumaNoRestes #YogazoALas2”

  9. 500 officers. Imagine the frustration in the ranks as the wall come tumbling down. Powerless as they are to change the situation, they exert power for powers sake and start mowing people down. It makes little difference WHO gets killed at this point, since there is no accounting for anything. This is desperation writ large. And it ain’t gonna get any better because by most any definition or metric, the Chavistas are out of options. And if they gotta suffer, expect them to make others feel it as well. Feels like the end game, but slow, like death from 1,000 cuts.

  10. Wow. What a surprise. Yet another article in CC crying about poor dindu nuthings malandros. Wow and just after you posted yet another article about poor comunist academics . Amazing

  11. So, who are the unfortunate victims. Could they be military given the procimity to the molitsry base or could they be competition in the drug trade or is life so cheap no one cares who they are.

  12. They follow the rule that if ordinary legal procedures dont work they use organized violence to do the job , if you come to think of it its the very same principle that Trump officials used when meeting with Venezuelan military who were plotting to topple the regime , if the conventional methods dont work then you have no alternative but to use organized violence to get the job done …..maybe the families of the victims complain the violation of their dear ones basic human rights but most people in Venezuela are more likely to see this kind of unlawful procedure with more tolerance than one might wish for …….!

    • BB, I don’t see how you managed to try and make a connection between a story on FAES and the White House. You are really reaching there but since your primary intent was to try and attach the President’s name to a negative story I guess you feel that you accomplished your goal.

  13. we all know it’s an imperfect solution to a drastic problem and many innocents end up getting swept away for being in the wrong place etc. BUT…if you are on the right side of the law these guys will not fuck with you. they are not out to slaughter innocent people they are out to deal with the worst of the worst who no longer even fear them. got to have a top dog or hell really will break loose here.

    • Yeah, nah. Stop shilling for the FAES, you coming out alive from one of their raids has nothing to do with being on the right side of the law or not.

      Wrong place, wrong time, you dead.

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