What the helicopter attack tells us about the Venezuela crisis – CNN

A stolen police helicopter allegedly piloted by Oscar Perez — an officer in Venezuela’s investigative police force — strafed the Supreme Court building and the Interior Ministry, dropping grenades and firing shots before whirring away after more than an hour.
It was the latest, and perhaps most bizarre chapter in Venezuela’s months-long downward spiral.
Near daily clashes between government forces and protesters have paralyzed the South American country. At least 80 people have died since the beginning of this latest round of civil unrest.

For months Maduro has been saying that protesters are plotting a coup against his government. With his grip on power starting to slip, some have asked if the Hollywood-esque coup attempt was an elaborate ruse by Maduro and his supporters.

Was it staged?

Opposition leader and National Assembly president Julio Borges stoked the speculation in a radio interview.

“There are people who say it’s a hoax,” Borges said. “[There are] people who say it’s for real, people who say it’s angry police who are tired of what’s going on. Whatever it was, it’s really serious.”

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The scenes captured around Caracas looked straight out of a James Bond movie. Perez, the special forces pilot, is also an actor and keeps a very active Instagram page. In 2015 he took part in action film, Suspended Death, which he co-produced and starred in as an intelligence agent rescuing a kidnapped businessman.

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