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Despite Grenades Being Dropped On The Supreme Court, There Have Been No Confirmed Deaths Or Injuries

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Residents of Caracas, Venezuela were witness to an unbelievable spectacle last week when a stolen police helicopter fired shots and dropped grenades on the Venezuelan Supreme Court. There are conflicting reports about the attack, which took place last Thursday afternoon, and it’s still not exactly clear who orchestrated it. Here is what we know so far and some of the conversations swirling around right now.

Here is video footage of the helicopter attacking the Venezuelan Supreme Court in Caracas.

There haven’t been any confirmed deaths or injuries in connection to the attack of the Supreme Court but a manhunt is underway to find those who orchestrated it. So far, authorities are looking for rogue police officer Oscar Pérez, who is allegedly behind the attack, according to The New York Times. The attack on the Venezuelan Supreme Court comes at a time when Venezuelans have been protesting against the Maduro government for three months as they fight for their democracy. The Supreme Court may have been targeted because opposition leaders accuse the court of actively propping up the Maduro government and making legal decisions to strengthen his hold on power.

The main suspect is Oscar Peréz, a member of Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC), a forensic police force, according to The BBC.

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The BBC reports that Peréz is a “highly trained agent” who was the chief of the Air Force Division of the Special Action Brigade. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused Peréz of being a terrorist who is working with the CIA to overthrow the Maduro-led government. Asserting that the CIA is attempting to overthrow his government is a common claim by Maduro.

“We are nationalists, patriots and institutionalists,” Peréz says in the video claiming responsibility for the attack, which he also posted to his Instagram account. “This fight is not against other state security forces. It is against the impunity imposed by this government. It is against tyranny. It is against the death of young people fighting for their legitimate rights.”

The men in the helicopter held a flag that read “Art. 350, Libertad” which refers to “Article 350, Freedom.”

Article 350 is a reference to an article in the Venezuelan constitution that states that the people can “disown any regime, legislation or authority that runs counter to democratic principles and guarantees, or that undermines human rights,” according to The New York Times.

It has also been reported that Peréz is a part-time actor who appeared in a movie titled “Suspended Death” in 2015.

Foto de @saultorresdirector con Fránces. #tbt #throwbackthursday

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“Suspended Death” is an action/drama movie that chronicles the story of the Correia family that is shaken by a kidnapping orchestrated by a Colombian man. The movie shows the way the CICPC works in situations of this magnitude and is based on a true story.

Some people doubt the claims made by the Venezuelan government and suggest that Peréz is actually working for the Maduro government.

Opposition leaders are unsure of the truth behind the Maduro government’s claim that a “terrorist” has attacked the Supreme Court.

“It seems like a movie,” Julio Borges, the president of the opposition-led assembly, said according to The Guardian. “Some people say it is a set-up, some that it is real but I summarize it like this: a government is decaying and rotting, while a nation is fighting for dignity.”

Mitú will continue to update this story as more information comes forward.

READ: Fed Up Venezuelans Unite Nationwide To Tell Maduro They’ve Had Enough

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Undocumented Immigrants In North Carolina Aren't Eligible For Financial Aid, But This Woman Found A Way To Help Undocumented High School Students Who Want To Continue Their Education

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Undocumented Immigrants In North Carolina Aren’t Eligible For Financial Aid, But This Woman Found A Way To Help Undocumented High School Students Who Want To Continue Their Education

This woman’s pupusa food truck raises scholarship money for un…

This woman is using her food truck to help undocumented immigrants pay for college

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“We are unapologetic about who we are helping.”

If you are an undocumented student in North Carolina, affording higher education might seem like a daunting prospect. Currently, undocumented people and DACA beneficiaries are not eligible for in-state tuition in North Carolina. According to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s admissions page, the average cost for an out-of-state student to attend is around $53,100 for the 2017-2018 academic year. For reference, the estimated cost for an in-state student at the same university is about $25,876.

That’s where Cecilia Polanco and So Good Pupusas come in. So Good Pupusas was started by Polanco and her family with a mission to help undocumented people get to college and ease the cost, even if by a little bit. Polanco, who was a first-generation student at UNC at Chapel Hill and benefited from scholarships herself, wanted to help undocumented high school seniors in North Carolina afford a higher education. The scholarships offered by So Good Pupusas doesn’t cover the full cost of college but they do offer two $1,000 scholarships that can be renewed every year.

“I started thinking about my part in the larger community and about how I was blessed to have received a number of scholarships to graduate debt-free,” Polanco told Independent Weekly. She added: “Scholarships really changed my life before I even stepped foot onto the campus.”

So Good Pupusas currently offers two $1,000 scholarships for undocumented students to ease their financial burden of a higher education. Polanco hopes to eventually get those scholarships up to $8,000. The scholarships, according to the So Good Pupusas website, are exclusively for undocumented high school seniors. While the application process for the fall semester is closed, there will be a chance for undocumented students to apply for the following semester.

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