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

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.

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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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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

Carmen De Leon is a rising star hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. The 20-year-old singer moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 years old and then two years later moved with her family to Barcelona, Spain and lived there for six years. While in Spain, Carmen found success participating in La Voz, and started to build a following that would tune in every week to see her perform. Then she lived in Mexico for a year, Los Angeles for another year and is now settled in Miami working on her music career.

In an exclusive interview with Latido Music by mitú, Carmen De Leon talked to us about her latest single “Pasado” with Cali y El Dandee, from which she drew inspiration from her very own break-up and reminiscing about the past. We also touched on “Cafecito“, the bittersweet song in memory of her grandparents, her dream collab, and more.

Pasado” is inspired by Carmen De Leon’s real-life breakup.

Carmen recruited Colombian singers Cali y El Dandee for her latest single “Pasado,” blending 80s synthpop with reggaeton, a true popetón hit you can dance to and perhaps cry to.

On working with Cali y El Dandee, Carmen has nothing but praise for the Colombian duo, “they are like my brothers, they’re insanely talented, genuine and humble.”

It was Dandee who actually wanted her to let her feelings all out for the song.

“At that moment while I was writing the song, I was actually breaking up with my boyfriend, and I had Mauricio (Dandee) saying to me: ‘Just tell me more. Whatever you’re texting him, say it out loud so we have the right words for the song’ and that’s what we did,” Carmen says.

Just like the lyrics of the song long about the past, so did the music video which was purposely made in the film to capture the “old vibe” they were seeking to portray.

Carmen feels like this is the best song that she has made in her entire life. “It’s changed my life in a way because it’s opened me up to new audiences and I love seeing people react to it and relate to it.”

Earlier this year, Carmen released “Cafecito” which isn’t about your beloved morning beverage.

Most of us would read the title “Cafecito” and think it’s just an upbeat morning pick-me-up song, but it isn’t. “Cafecito” is a bittersweet single that Carmen says she wrote, “at 4 a.m. in the middle of a hurricane because I missed my grandparents so much, and I wanted to write about what it feels like to lose someone.”

While her abuelitos were the main inspiration behind the lyrics, the song does capture the feeling of loss that could apply to those of us losing a friendship, relationship, etc.

Before I even finish the question about her dream collaboration, Carmen excitedly yelled “Camilo!,” which also happens to be one of her favorite covers she’s posted on her YouTube channel.

Carmen’s dad chimed in the interview as well to plug in his favorite cover, which is “Graveyard” by Halsey.

We can only hope that Carmen DeLeon and Camilo collab happens and that this article serves as manifestation for it.

Good luck with everything, Carmen!

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Grant Venezuelan Migrants Temporary Protected Status, Prevent Deportation

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After years of living in a state of uncertainty about their future, Venezuelan refugees in the U.S. might finally be granted long-term protection by the U.S. government.

On Monday, Democratic senators took the official steps towards granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan migrants in the U.S.

A similar resolution passed in the House in 2019, but was blocked by Republicans in the senate.

This time if passed, TPS could protect 200,000 Venezuelan citizens currently in the U.S, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

Although former President Trump issued a Deferred Enforced Departure decree (DED) on his final day in office, critics and immigration experts alike argue that this action didn’t go far enough.

“After four years of empty promises and deceit, nobody believes Donald Trump had an epiphany on his last day in office and decided to protect the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans he was forcing into the shadows,” said New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez in a statement.

Indeed, Trump DED order only delayed deportation of undocumented Venezuelans for up to 18 months. But TPS would grant Venezuelan refugees protected status.

“TPS is an immigration status that can lead to a green card under President Joe Biden’s immigration proposal,” Miami-based immigration lawyer Laura Jimenez told NBC News.

“TPS is based in statute and is a legal immigration status, as opposed to Deferred Enforced Departure,” Menendez, who was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants, said. “That is why we are relaunching our campaign to actually stand with those fleeing the misery caused by the Maduro regime.”

Throughout his campaign, President Biden promised he would extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelan refugees, so now the refugee community wants to see him act on that promise.

Venezuela’s economy collapsed under the repressive regime of Nicolás Maduro, shrinking by approximately 64%.

Not only are there widespread food shortages and massive inflation, but Maduro’s critics are being jailed and silenced by other nefarious means.

Because of all this, the South American country facing what Bloomberg calls “a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions.” As of now, some 5.4 million Venezuelans are in exile, with 600 more leaving the country every day.

But with the news of a likely extension of Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in the U.S., many Venezuelans are starting to feel optimistic about the future.

“Now, I feel like I’m really a part of this society and we keep supporting this country,” said Tampa resident Jennifer Infante to Bay News 9 about the recent Congressional news. “I think we deserve this opportunity because we came to make this country a better place and to keep moving forward.”

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