VENEZUELA: NATIONAL GUARDSMAN KILLED AND OFFICER WOUNDED IN PROTEST VIOLENCE
Last Updated: 2017-04-21
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CARACAS, April 21 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA)--A sergeant from the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) was killed and a colonel shot and wounded as a result of violence by ultra-right groups in Venezuela, encouraged by Venezuelan ultra-right parties.

The Ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, last night sent a message through his Twitter account, where he condemned the death of the military officer and other murderous acts in the last hours and requested to open an investigation to get the facts and punish the ones responsible for the crime.

According to Saab, Sgt. San Clemente Barrios Neomar was killed Thursday by a sniper in Los Castores, San Antonio de los Altos, Miranda state, the main focus of anti-government protests.

He also reported that Colonel Juan Carlos Arias, GNB member, was gunned down during this event.

The Venezuelan official also confirmed that the authorities arrested Iván Alexis Pernía Ávila, allegedly responsible for the murder of 22-year-old Paola Ramírez Gómez, who died when she was shot in San Cristobal, Táchira state, during a protest rally convened by the opposition.

It was also known that violent groups financed by several opposition parties attacked Thursday the headquarters of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) putting in danger the workers who were inside this public institution.

The director general of the institution, Andrés Eloy Méndez, denounced in his Twitter account that 'irrational sectors of the opposition broke into our Medical Service, where we take care of children of workers and the community.'

'This is the right-wing that seeks to govern our country, the one that attacks state institutions without respecting the lives of workers,' the director of CONATEL added.

Meanwhile, another violent group attacked on Wednesday an institution of the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (SUNDDE), located in the municipality of Chacao.

According to William Contreras, superintendent of SUNDDE, the assailants - about 60 - armed with sticks and stones entered the premises to steal computer equipment and damage the facility.--NNN-PRENSA LATINA