Oscar Perez, a former cop turned rogue agent decided to stage a grenade attack from a stolen helicopter onto Venezuela’s Supreme Court building.
President Nicolas Maduro branded the attack a ‘coup attempt’ and ‘terrorist attack’.
There is now a manhunt for Perez and his cohorts.
The Daily Mail reports:
According to his Instagram, which is littered with pictures of him wielding guns and modelling stylish outfits, Perez is an investigator with the specialist CICPC force, a tactical pilot and specialist K9 trainer, with ‘a passion for my country’.
From the outside his life has all the trappings of an action film – so it is perhaps no surprise that he starred in a 2015 movie called ‘Muerte Suspendida’ (‘Suspended Death’) in which he plays a cop sent to rescue a wealthy hostage from a gang.
Perez was pictured in action in the skies above Caracas yesterday as he launched his attack, clearly visible at the controls of a CICPC helicopter as other masked militants dangled a flag from the door which reads: ‘350 Liberty.’
Perez also published several videos of himself standing in front of his fellow fighters, in which he delivers his reasons for attacking Maduro’s government.
In it, he says: ‘Dear brothers, we speak to you on behalf of the state; we are a coalition of military, police and civilians, in search of a balance against this transitory, criminal government.’
Branding Maduro’s administration ‘evil’, he accuses the President of ‘tyranny’ and says he is seeking ‘justice’ for ‘innocent people who fight for their rights, against hunger, against lack of health, against fanaticism.’
The helicopter assault comes a day after President Maduro announced the arrests of five opponents he accused of plotting against him to clear the way for a US invasion in a potentially dramatic escalation of the violence gripping the oil-rich South American country.
Reports say there was nearly 15 shots fired inside of the building.
Although no one was hurt in the incident, the president has insisted the armed forces protect all government buildings in fear of another attack.