Chavez lackeys recently turned up on motorcycles at an opposition rally in a slum in northern Caracas. In a skirmish that followed, Mr Chávez’s challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski, narrowly avoided a bullet that wounded the son of a prominent opposition lawmaker standing nearby.
The bullet hit Congressman Ismael Garcia’s son in his right arm.
The Latin American Herald Tribune reported:
Red shirted supporters of left-wing Venezuela President Hugo Chavez fired shots at a crowd of Opposition supporters gathered for a rally with Opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski. While Capriles was not injured, the son of prominent Opposition Congressman Ismael Garcia was wounded from a bullet in the attack in the Caracas barrio of Cotiza, in west Caracas. The bullet hit his right arm and he is in hospital at Clinic Avila in Caracas.
Speaking outside of the hospital, Garcia, who is the leader of a socialist party that formerly supported Chavez but went into opposition when Chavez began trying to get his term limit overturned in a 2007 constitutional referendum, blamed the government for the attacks.
“The government cannot say that they are not responsible for this,” said Garcia. “The people that attacked were known leaders of the PSUV,” the government’s political party.
“They know that we have the support of the people and that is why they are trying to intimidate us,” added Garcia.
Opposition candidate Capriles also rejected the attack, saying “The government represents chaos and violence and today showed their fear of the future.”