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Venezuela's fugitive helicopter cop appears at opposition rally
12:24, 14 July 2017, 1008
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AKIPRESS.COM - A police officer who stole a helicopter and fired on two Venezuelan government buildingsappeared in public for the first time Thursday night, defying a nationwide manhunt by showing up at a protest in the capital.

Except in videos posted on the internet, Oscar Perez hadn't been seen since he shocked the nation June 27 by using a stolen helicopter to fire grenades and gunshots at the supreme court and interior ministry buildings. The government called it a "terrorist attack."

Perez spoke briefly to journalists at a Thursday night vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of demonstrations against Venezuela's government, media reports say.

He urged Venezuelans to vote en masse Sunday in a symbolic referendum being organized by the opposition to oppose President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution. Perez said the vote should mark the start of a sustained street campaign to force the embattled socialist leader from office, ABC news reported. 

Perez's colorful past has mesmerized Venezuelans. A trained pilot, he starred in a 2015 film, "Suspended Death," and his Instagram account is full of photos showing him in fatigues, bearing assault rifles, skydiving and standing in action poses with a German shepherd by his side, BBC reported.

His appearance at the rally came as a few hundred people braved steady rainfall Thursday night for a march in which they stopped at several spots in eastern Caracas where young protesters have been killed during the recent unrest.


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