Demonstrators assault and set on fire a National Guard riot control vehicle during a protest Wednesday against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)
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New footage has been released from the civil unrest occurring in the socialist country of Venezuela, where various videos show government authorities engaging protesting civilians with brutal violence.
In one video from NBC News, an armored personnel carrier belonging to the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana plows through a crowd, running over a civilian in the process. Fire burns from the top of the vehicle has it forces its way into the crowd. As it continues to drive into the crowd, the front of the tank erupts into flames, possibly due to a Molotov cocktail thrown by one of the protesters. The armored vehicle then reverses, dragging what appears to be a fallen motorcycle caught underneath it.
Warning: the following footage may be too graphic for some viewers.
Watch as a tank runs over protesters in Venezuela armed with nothing more than sticks and stones pic.twitter.com/gMd6ZpwIcq
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 4, 2017
According to Global News, the man that was caught under the vehicle's wheels was Pedro Michelle Yammine Escobar, 22, who is now in an intensive care unit having suffered a rib fracture and internal bleeding. El Nacional, a Venezuelan news source, has additional footage of the incident, as well as of a dazed Escobar being carried away by his fellow protesters.
A second video has emerged from El Nacional, and posted by Twitter user @NizmyCuba, that shows the GNB descending on a lone protester who appears to be in a scuffle with two officers. In the video, the GNB members pummel the unidentified man with punches and kicks, as they attempt to drag the man off. Two women appear to attempt to get the officers to stop their assault, and one is forcefully pushed back.
Roughly translated, NizmyCuba's tweet reads " freedom respect their rights not to be another Cuba thing that wants to impose on blood and shock see."
Venezuela is now entering its second month of unrest. Protests and riots have erupted throughout the country because of drastic drops in the price of oil, and the socialist President Nicholas Maduro's mismanagement of the country's private sector. Venezuela owns, all or part of over 500 companies within its borders, and 70 percent of them are bleeding money. The government has also begun seizing the property of private companies without warning, including a General Motors plant in the city of Valencia.
Inflation within the socialist country is expected to grow to over 2000 percent by next year. Maduro has responded by hiking the minimum wage for the third time in the last 12 months.
These financial troubles have caused massive food and medicine shortages, as well as shortages of everyday items such as toilet paper. This lack of food has caused three-fourths of Venezuela's population to lose dangerous amounts of weight.
In response to the protests, Maduro has promised his civilian loyalists — the Bolivarian Milita — that he will put a gun in the hands of every militiaman. This promise comes after Maduro had spent time campaigning for a gun-free Venezuela.
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