Caught On Tape: Explosion Rocks Caracas, Injures Police As Venezuela Votes

With opposition parties boycotting what they call a rigged election, Reuters reports the streets of Caracas were deserted on Sunday as a minority of Venezuelans trickled to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Maduro vowed would begin a new era of combat in the crisis-stricken nation. That is good news as, following the death of two people yesterday, shortly after a large group of motorbikes sped through the city, and explosion hit, reportedly injuring a number of police officers.

A number of police officers were injured in Venezuela's capital Caracas after an explosion during an anti-government protest decrying a vote for a constituent assembly on Sunday, according to a Reuters witness.

Further details were not immediately available.

The moment of the explosion...

Social media is awash with clips of injured (it is uncertain if this is from the explosion)...

For now, the fire from the explosion continues...

As a reminder, Reuters reports, Maduro, widely disliked for overseeing an economic collapse during four years in office, has pressed ahead with the vote to create the all-powerful assembly despite the threat of further U.S. sanctions and months of opposition protests in which more than 115 people have been killed. Opposition parties are boycotting what they call a rigged election. Their sympathizers planned protests on highways across the South American country and scuffles were already reported in the provinces - raising the prospect of violent clashes with tens of thousands of troops deployed to safeguard the vote.

Authorities confirmed there were two deaths on Saturday, including the killing of a candidate to the assembly during a robbery, while the opposition put the total death toll in Saturday's protests at five.

Critics say the assembly will allow Maduro to dissolve the opposition-run Congress, delay future elections and rewrite electoral rules to prevent the socialists from being voted out of power in the once-prosperous OPEC nation.

The opposition has vowed to redouble its resistance and U.S. President Donald Trump has promised broader economic sanctions against Venezuela after the vote, suggesting the oil-rich nation's crisis is set to escalate.

"Even if they win today, this won't last long," said opposition supporter Berta Hernandez, a 60-year-old doctor, in a wealthy Caracas district. "I'll continue on the streets because, not long from now, this will come to an end."

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GUS100CORRINA Looney Sun, 07/30/2017 - 13:35 Permalink

Explosion Rocks Caracas, Injures Cops As Venezuela VotesMy response: I don't know about everyone lse, but there was a brief moment in time during the 2016 POTUS election that I thought we might see a situation similar to what is occuring in Venezuela today. I know OBAMA was prepared to use force if the need arose. Thank GOD we never got to a place where civil war broke out at the polling locations in the USA.

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Looney GUS100CORRINA Sun, 07/30/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

  Fuck Socialism! Now with that out of the way…  ;-) How is what’s going on in Venezuela OUR business?Anyone who wants to help poor Venezuelans, North Koreans, or anybody else, should get the fuck out of the comfy La-Z-Boy and go there on their own dime and at their own risk. Remember the Dixie Chicks? I was so fucking pissed at them! Opposing our Righteous War? How dare them! I never knew or cared whether they were Democrats or Republicans – I just blocked out them Bitches completely, until today. As it turns out, THEY were right all along and I, along with millions of other “patriotic” Americans, was wrong. BTW… I still don’t care about their whiny songs, but that’s another story…  ;-) Looney

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Mazzy Looney Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:31 Permalink

Yep, it's also high time to abandon Israel.They seem to be the cause of all our foreign entanglements, and the sum total of our nation's problems.Russia: not a problem.  China: not a problem. Iran: not at all a problem.  Venezuela: not our business.  Israel: huge problem.

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GUS100CORRINA Looney Sun, 07/30/2017 - 20:51 Permalink

Looney In response to your question: "How is what’s going on in Venezuela OUR business?", the only thing I can think of are CITGO gas stations.Latest updated count of US CITGO gas stations as of 07/10/2017 was 5,396. In addition, these people also have credit facilities.I am sure someone like the RUSSIANS would be willing to buy them.OOPS ... THERE GOES THAT NASTY WORD AGAIN ... RUSSIANS.

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HowdyDoody Mazzy Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:12 Permalink

Nah. This is pure US. They are desperate to distract attention from the Syria fiasco. They have had their asses handed them yet again by a load of 'sand niggers'. The SAA is rapidly approaching the beseiged city of Deir ez Zor. Even the Kurds now agree that Deir ez Zor is more significant a prize than Raqqa. The liberation of Deir ez Zor will go down as the end of US influence in non-ZIonist ME.   

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BritBob Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:13 Permalink

Venezuela appears for the first time as "not free" country report of Freedom House organization attributed the new category to "the combination of extreme economic mismanagement and heavy-handed Government" of President Nicolas Maduro.Maduro is a keen supporter of Argentina's mythical Malvinas claim even speaking at regional conference on behalf of Argentina (CELAC).How can Argentina claim the Falklands when she has never legally owned them?Falklands- Never Belonged to Argentina:https://www.academia.edu/31111843/Falklands_Never_Belonged_to_Argentina Still, why let a good old socialist distraction get in the way of the truth.

DarthVaderMentor Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:33 Permalink

It doesn't look to me like the rebels or any opposition did it. Having a camera ready and filming when the bomb detonated plus having the photo signed are all indications that this was a government setup. No photographer associated with the rebels would announce him or herself by autographing and copyrighting the picture of the actual detonation! It's in color, this isn't CCTV. He or she would be facing the famed "paredon" if it was a rebel!

wesson Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:54 Permalink

Maduro opposition is just not credible. They are just preventing elections as they are guaranteed to loose them, not because they are not democratic, but because opposition is not a majority. They are just violent extreme-right wing backed by CIA, and playing the same tume as it was played in 2014 in Ukraine