"This looks like a war zone"
People who live in the buildings that are adjacent to La Planta prison, southwest Caracas, are not allowed to enter or leave their houses
The area nearby La Planta prison, located in El Paraíso neighborhood, southwest Caracas, is hit by a war: tear gas smoke rises in the streets; roads and stores have been closed, schools students have been evacuated. There are only National Guard troops in the streets (neither cars nor civilians). The area is affected by the detonation of grenades, gunshots of automatic weapons, buildings without electricity and a lot of fear.
Residents of buildings nearby La Planta were evacuated to prevent a situation similar to the story of Henry Molina, who was shot when a bullet entered his apartment on May 8. National Guard troops do not allow people to enter their houses. Therefore, people have gathered in the basements as it were a bombing.
Meanwhile, people in La Cota 905, a Caracas poor neighborhood, are firing on snipers stationed on the roofs of the buildings nearby the prison.
"This looks like a war zone," said Marjorie Salas, who lives in a building adjacent to El Paraíso Reeducation and Handicraft Labor Center, also known as La Planta jail.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."