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Caracas: The Venezuelan government remains searching  for Nazi policemen who assaulted key installations by helicopter, but critics of President Nicolas Maduro guessed the raid might have been staged to justify repression.

In remarkable landscapes over Caracas throughout sunset on Tuesday, the stolen helicopter fired shots at the Interior Ministry and dropped grenades over the Supreme Court, equally seen by Venezuela’s resistance as bastions of support for a dictator.

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Venezuela coup leader an action film star

Conspiracy theories abound following the chief of the aerial assault on Venezuela’s Supreme Court is identified as a celebrity.

Officials said special powers were seeking Oscar Perez, 36, ” a police pilot named as the mastermind of the raid by the aircraft which carried a banner saying “Freedom!”

In 2015, Perez co-produced and starred in Death Suspended, an action movie where he played the lead character for a government representative rescuing a kidnapped businessman.

On Wednesday, there wasn’t any indication of Perez, whom officials condemned as a “psychopath”, however the helicopter had been discovered on Venezuela’s northern Caribbean coastline.

“We ask for greatest support to locate this fanatic, extremist terrorist,” Vice President Tareck El Aissami said.

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The assault carried a conspiracy theory by opposition supporters that it may have been a administration set up and overshadowed additional play on Tuesday, for example, besieging of resistance legislators by gangs in the National Assembly.

Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard line up inside of National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday.
Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard lineup inside of National Assembly building in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday.   Photo: AP

The helicopter raid also coincided with a judicial measure weakening the powers of dissident primary state prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who has emerged as a major challenger into Maduro.

“It appears to be a picture,” said Julio Borges, chief of the opposition-controlled legislature, of the helicopter raid.

Miguel Rodriguez Torres, former Venezuelan interior minister, speaks in Caracas after the attack.
Miguel Rodriguez Torres, former Venezuelan interior minister, speaks in Caracas following the assault.   Photo: Bloomberg

“Some people today say it is a set up, a few that it is actual … Yesterday was full of contradictions … A thousand things are happening, but that I  summarise it like this: a government is decaying and rotting, even though a nation is fighting for dignity.”

Although Perez posted a video on social media revealing himself in front of four hooded armed men and claiming to represent a coalition of civilian and security officers rising up from “tyranny”, there wasn’t any proof of deeper support.

A man shouts slogans against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government during a protest also commemorating the ...
A guy shouts discriminated against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government during a protest also commemorating the Nation’s Day of the Journalist, in Caracas, on Tuesday.   Photo: AP

The event exacerbated an already full-blown governmental crisis in Venezuela following three weeks of resistance protests demanding general elections and fixes for the sinking market.

At least 76 people have died in the unrest as April, the latest a 25-year-old guy shot in the head near a protest in the Petare slum of Caracas, authorities said on Wednesday.

Miguel Rodriguez Torres, right, speaks during a press conference. President Nicolas Maduro blamed his former ally for ...
Miguel Rodriguez Torres, right, speaks during a media conference. President Nicolas Maduro blamed his former ally for orchestrating the attack.   Photo: Bloomberg

Countless people are injured and detained in what Maduro terms an ongoing coup attempt with US encouragement.

The authorities, but accused the policemen of links into the CIA and also to Miguel Rodriguez, a former interior minister and intelligence chief under Maduro, who recently broke with the authorities.

Anti-government protesters take positions behind a road wall covered with the Spanish word "Dictatorship" in Caracas.
Anti-government protesters take places behind a road wall coated with the Spanish word “Dictatorship” in Caracas.   Photo: AP

“I am not at all convinced by the helicopter incident,” Rodriguez said on Wednesday, saying the characters behind Perez in the video looked like dummies and expressing shock that the helicopter could fly freely and likewise not injure anyone.

“Conclusion: a affordable show. Who gains from this? Just Nicolas for 2 reasons: to give authenticity to his own coup d’etat speak, also to blame Rodriguez,” he added, speaking to himself.

Throughout the time of the assault, the pro-government Supreme Court expanded the function of the state ombudsman, an individual rights guarantor who is closely intertwined with Maduro, by providing him powers previously held only by the state prosecutor’s office.

Opposition leaders described that as an effort to supplant chief prosecutor Ortega, who has faced both Maduro and the Supreme Court this year after dividing ranks.

Adding into Venezuela’s tinder-box atmosphere, resistance supporters again took to the streets nationwide on Wednesday, to barricade streets.

At Caracas, security forces fired teargas at a few forms of protesters, while elsewhere demonstrators stood in the streets waving banners and chanting slogans under drizzle.

One opposition lawmaker, Juan Guaido, filmed himself suffering from wounds he said were inflicted by rubber bullets.

Opposition supporters hope that cracks within authorities may swing the crisis their manner, and are delighted to find heavyweights such as Ortega and Rodriguez oppose Maduro.

Their primary focus is to prevent a July 30 vote named by Maduro to form a super-body known as a Constituent Assembly, with powers to rewrite the ministry and supersede other institutions. Maduro says that the meeting is the only way to bring peace of Venezuela, but opponents say it is a sham vote intended solely to keep a unpopular government in energy.

“We can’t allow July 30 happen, we must not,” said children’s health worker Rosa Toro, 52, blocking a road with buddies. “We are being governed by offenders traffickers and thieves,” added lawyer Matias Perez, 40, protesting with a plastic sheeting.

Government officials wrapped up on Wednesday to condemn the helicopter strike, insisting it had been the work of a few people and not representative of wider dissent.

Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada whined about the absence of global condemnation of the attack, saying it compared with the barrage of foreign criticism of the authorities.

“In Europe it’s now eight at night, but we’ve had no response from European Union states,” he explained of a bloc that has been strongly critical of Maduro in recent months.

The minister denied accusations that the assault was carried out by the authorities for its own purposes.

“Who can think we are that complicated? Sending someone to throw grenades, who can think that?” He asked.