Ex-police Chief claims victory in Venezuela drone attack

A former Venezuelan Municipal Police Chief and anti-government activist says he helped organize an operation to launch armed drones over a military rally on Saturday that President Nicolas Maduro has called an assassination attempt.

A Venezuelan activist, Salvatore Lucchese, who was previously imprisoned for his role in past protests, told newsmen he orchestrated the attack with a loose association of anti-Maduro militants known generally in Venezuela as the resistance.

According to reports, the resistance which is a diffuse collection of street activists, student organizers and former military officers, has little formal structure, but is known in the country mostly for organizing protests in recent years in which demonstrators have clashed with Police and Soldiers.

Lucchese described the incident as part of a sustained, armed effort against maduro and he declined to describe his precise role in the operation, in the broader resistance or identify others involved, citing the need to protect their identity.

 

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