Venezuelan Police Helicopter Strafes the Supreme Court — Again Maduro Denounces ‘Coup’ — Opposition leaders decry him as a dictator of a “criminal” government

Peace and Freedom

CARACAS — A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation’s political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by “terrorists” seeking a coup.

The aircraft fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry, where scores of people were at a social event, and dropped four grenades on the court, where judges were meeting, officials said.

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A screengrab from a video shared on social media shows a helicopter flying above Caracas.

However, there were no reports of injuries.

“Sooner rather than later, we are going to capture the helicopter and those behind this armed terrorist attack against the institutions of the country,” Maduro said.

“They could have caused dozens of deaths,” he said.

The 54-year-old socialist leader has faced three months of protests from opposition leaders who decry him as a…

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