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Fugitive in Venezuelan helicopter attack appears at vigil

Oscar Perez asks opponents of President Nicolas Maduro to vote Sunday

Oscar Perez speaks to the press at a night vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Miguel Rodriguez)
Oscar Perez speaks to the press at a night vigil to honor the more than 90 people killed during three months of anti-government protests, in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Miguel Rodriguez)

MIAMI – Oscar Perez, the man who used a stolen government helicopter to fire grenades at the supreme court and the interior ministry building, appeared at a protest in Caracas on Thursday night. He spoke to journalists. 

Perez wants Venezuelans to vote on Sunday in a symbolic referendum to oppose President Nicolas Maduro's plan to modify the constitution. 

"The true way to pay respects to those who've died is for this dictatorship to fall," Perez, 36, said in Spanish

Perez, who said he belongs to a coalition of members of the security forces, left the crowd on the back of a motorcycle. 

There is a manhunt for Perez, who  was accused of treason and engaging in terrorism. 


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