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2:51 PM The National Guard is now gassing the reporters who were complaining to the officers of the Guard, one reporter is now injured. Way to go Hugo!
2:54 PM Reporters are now putting on bulletproof vests. Shit! Pictures of facism by the National Guard all over the place. Hope the world can finally see Hugo Chavez for what he is. Look at the crying lady below to the right. Shame!Shame! Shame!
3:48 PM Dissident Generals of Plaza Altamira are now trying to talk to the
National Guard that are actually gassing them right now.
5:14 PM People have begun protesting in the East of Caracas in many places, National Guard using gas in most of them. Government says it is all the opposition/coupsters/terrorists that attacked the National Guard (How come they are not injured?). Main highway through Caracas is blocked by protesters, PDVSA building is just empty, nobody there. Nationbal Guard General approached by dissident General said that the gathering had no permit, while the permit has been shown on TV. Moreover, as reported here this morning, the Court said the military had to withdraw from Miranda State
. Meanwhile General Garcia Carneiro
said that the highest civilian authority in Caracas is Hugo Chavez in clear challenge to the Court’s decision. Opposition is calling on Cesar Gaviria to invoke the Democratic letter of the OAS. People in Maracaibo also protesting. Reporters injured by the National Guard.
5:28 PM Weird action right now, apparently the Court has reiterated
that the military have to leave Miranda State as decided yesterday and General Garcia Carneiro has been informed of this. Thus, the National Guardsmen are leaving followed by cheering people, Kafka and Macondo are alive and well in Caracas, Venezuela.
5:34 PM Now the National Guard as it was leaving, started shooting tear gas towards the cheering demonstartors. Go figure!
5:44 PM Things are confusing, supposedly the last tear gas was to clear the way (nice people!!!) as they departed. Meanwhile, Air Force planes are flying in Maracay, south of Caracas as people cheer in the same place they were gassed……..Stay tuned.
6:09 PM Festive atmosphere where less than an hour ago there was tear gas and repression. The final scenes on TV when the military left, showed military sharpshooters on the roof of the CCCT shopping center (????). No word from the Coordinating committee of the opposition, the area of the early protest is now being flooded with people from all sides (Including myself, I will now join them!!)
6:15 PM Now I am lost, the National Guard is now shooting tear gas at the demosntrators who were happily celebrating. Now the Guard is shooting from the inside of the military airport in Caracas, right next to where everything took place all afternoon. TV says that some demonstrators tried to go in the base. In the picture below to the right is the military base, you can see the tear gas in the middle and the people below and above running.
Have to ask: Is a coup on? Nothing makes sense.
6:33 PM General strike to continue tomorrow.