Rock throwing erupts at Venezuela campaign event


first_imgHe also said National Guard troops didn’t intervene immediately, even though soldiers were stationed at a post right next to the area.In previous incidents during the campaign, four people were injured in a shooting that erupted during a voting drill earlier this month.In July, stone-throwing Chavez supporters clashed with opposition sympathizers who joined Capriles as he led a march in a poor Caracas neighborhood.In another incident on March 4, gunfire rang out while Capriles was visiting a traditionally pro-Chavez neighborhood in Caracas, injuring one supporter of the opposition leader.Wednesday’s violence occurred just as former Patrick Duddy, a former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, said in a report released this week that in the coming months Venezuela “could experience significant political unrest and violence that lead to the further curtailment of democracy in the country.”In the report, which was published by the Council on Foreign Relations, Duddy wrote that while Chavez has said he will respect the result of the vote, “most plausible scenarios for instability and conflict in Venezuela derive from the premise that the Chavistas will not willingly surrender power and would be willing to provoke violence, orchestrate civil unrest, or engage in various forms of armed resistance to avoid doing so.” Associated PressPUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (AP) – Violence erupted at an opposition campaign event Wednesday as supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez blocked a road and a campaign truck was torched. Both sides hurled rocks, and police said at least 14 people were hurt.A large crowd of Chavez supporters in red shirts blocked a main road near the airport in the coastal town of Puerto Cabello before a visit by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A truck used by Capriles’ campaign was set ablaze, and a motorcycle was also torched. Top holiday drink recipes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project ___Associated Press writer Jorge Rueda, in Caracas, contributed to this report.___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2032/IMG1596.jpg” alt=”last_img” />

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