|Vigil for Victims of Violence in Venezuela since #12F|
Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter analyzed what is taking place in Venezuela looking at it through a Cuban context. Below is a closer look at Venezuelans shot in the head since February 12, 2014. The Venezuelan opposition has rightfully focused its attention on the Castro regime's presence in Venezuela and their tactics of repression and control, but should also look at another ally of the Maduro regime, the Iranians who used terror to quell student protests in 2009 using snipers and motorized paramilitary units.
Below is a partial list of people shot in the head during the protests in Venezuela since February 12, 2014:
|Bassil Alejandro Dacosta|
|Robert Redman, circled wearing a cap|
|Génesis Carmona (on the right holding poster)|
Bus driver Wilfredo Rey, 31, died on March 21, 2014 after being shot in the head during a confrontation between demonstrators and hooded gunmen in the western city of San Cristobal in Tachira. He was not involved in the protests. Married, father of three small children. He was 32 years old.
was shot in the head on the night of April 1, 2014 during a protest on Jóvito Villalba Avenue, in front of the Rattan Plaza commercial center. He has been operated on and is currently hospitalized. He is 27 years old.
Out of the eight shot in the head, five were young people openly in opposition to the Maduro government and protesting when they were shot. Average age of the victims is 26 years old. The other three were not participating in the protests but were in the vicinity and happened to fit the profile: young and gainfully employed or a student. Is it just a coincidence? Who benefits from targeting young protesters and creating a climate of terror where people fear to go out and exercise their right to peaceful protest? Is it just a coincidence that an ally of the Maduro regime, Iran, used a similar tactic against student demonstrators in the Green Movement in 2009?