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The anti-socialist Venezuelan opposition party Vente Venezuela posted a video late Wednesday of a violent gang attacking their leader, former legislator María Corina Machado, and supporters with sticks and pipes in broad daylight.
According to Machado and her party, the assailants were a roving gang of supporters of Piar, Bolívar state socialist mayor Yulisbeth García, sent to intimidate the crowd at an anti-socialist rally. Machado’s press team posted video of the attack and images of Machado, clothes stained with what appears to be blood, following the incident.
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Machado was violently stripped of her position as a lawmaker in Caracas in 2014, forced out of her office by a government tear gas attack. A year before her expulsion, supporters of the socialist government broke her nose and beat her on the National Assembly floor, in front of then-Speaker of the Assembly Diosdado Cabello.
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Cabello reportedly mocked Machado on his television program Con el Mazo Dando (“Hitting with the Mallet”) on Wednesday night, telling his audience that “what was left of her was dangling off.”
According to Machado’s press team, a “horde of pro-government thugs ambushed [us] in Upata with rocks and sticks, attacking, beating, and robbing the group accompanying [Machado].”
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They later posted a video of the incident, directly accusing Mayor García’s socialist supporters of attacking them, following by photos of Machado following the attack.
“The violent attackers used rock, sticks, pipes, switchblades, and other objects against those walking pacifically in Upata. They attacked María Corina directly,” the press team wrote.
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Vente Venezuela, Machado’s political party, called the assault “brutal” and confirmed that several party members were robbed in the incident.
Machado herself made remarks following the attack and posted them on social media.
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