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Gran Sabana: A death after Venezuelan national guard opens fire to opponents

Anthony Faiola Correspondent Covering Latin America, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Human Rights, Poverty, Globalization and Economy February 22 at 9:28 pm SAN Venezuela – Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians trying to hold a segment of the southern border of Brazil for humanitarian aid supplies, leading to multiple injuries and the first mortality of a massive opposition operation that would provide international assistance to this destroyed South American country , according to an eyewitness and community leader. At a Friday conference at 6:30 am, a military convoy arrived at a checkpoint established by a resident community in the southern village of Kumarakapai, resting on the main artery connecting Venezuela with Brazil. When the volunteers tried to block the military vehicles by standing in front of them, the soldiers began to shoot assault rifles and injured at least 12 people, four of them seriously. A woman, Zorayda Rodriguez, 42, was killed. "I ask the armed forces, is it constitutional for them to shoot against untreated indigenous peoples?" Said Jorge Perez, a city council in Gran Sabana, the district where the city is located saying he was present when the soldiers opened fire. "Is it constitutionally killing domestic people?" At least 30 neighbors took to the streets after the Scots and kidnapped three soldiers, according to Carmen Elena Silva, 48, who had gone in the way and George Bello, a native speaker spokesman. "The majority of the people support the entrance to humanitarian aid, and we want to keep the…

SAN Venezuela – Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians trying to hold a segment of the southern border of Brazil for humanitarian aid supplies, leading to multiple injuries and the first mortality of a massive opposition operation that would provide international assistance to this destroyed South American country , according to an eyewitness and community leader.

At a Friday conference at 6:30 am, a military convoy arrived at a checkpoint established by a resident community in the southern village of Kumarakapai, resting on the main artery connecting Venezuela with Brazil. When the volunteers tried to block the military vehicles by standing in front of them, the soldiers began to shoot assault rifles and injured at least 12 people, four of them seriously. A woman, Zorayda Rodriguez, 42, was killed.

“I ask the armed forces, is it constitutional for them to shoot against untreated indigenous peoples?” Said Jorge Perez, a city council in Gran Sabana, the district where the city is located saying he was present when the soldiers opened fire. “Is it constitutionally killing domestic people?”

At least 30 neighbors took to the streets after the Scots and kidnapped three soldiers, according to Carmen Elena Silva, 48, who had gone in the way and George Bello, a native speaker spokesman.

“The majority of the people support the entrance to humanitarian aid, and we want to keep the border open,” Silva said. “This is help, not war … Every day more children die.”

A spokesman for the Venezuelan Communications Department said it could not yet comment on the incident.

The activists belonged to Pemone’s native tribe who joined the opposition efforts to draw in aid donated by the United States and other countries from neighboring countries on Saturday. The support comes from nations, including the United States, who have called for Nicolás Maduro to go down and his government has ordered a complete blockade of aid and sent the military to strengthen Venezuela’s borders.

The event seemed to be the most violent confrontation than in a continuing developing operation that has seen thousands of volunteers trying to reach the limits of pulling aid. Opposition leaders feared more clashes on Saturday when volunteers will try to get help across the border.

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