In a TV interview, the Mayor of San Cristóbal, Venezuela, Daniel Caballos, lamented the killing earlier this week of student protester Daniel Tinoco. Caballos placed blame for the shooting on government aligned militants known as “colectivos.”
“These ‘colectivo’ groups arrive at the same sites as the National Guard. They arrive with the same official vehicles, hooded and armed,” Caballos told NTN24.
Armed colectivos on motorcycles, also known as Chavistas because they support the government of former President Chavez, have been implicated in several previous attacks on demonstrators including one that killed 22-year-old Genesis Carmona and injured seven other protesters last month.
Caballos is from the opposition party and has already been threatened by President Maduro who said he would wind up in the “same cold cell” as other opposition leaders. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been incarcerated in a military prison for nearly a month on charges of arson and inciting violence.