PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (AP) Violence erupted at an opposition marketing occasion Wednesday as supporters with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez impeded some sort of roads and also a plan truck was torched. Both features hurled rocks, as well as criminal arrest mentioned as a minimum age 14 persons ended up hurt.
A huge audience of Chavez proponents in reddish shirts blocked a most important street close to the international airport throughout the particular seaside community involving Puerto Cabello just before a take a look at by means of opposition choice Henrique Capriles. A vehicle used by Capriles strategy had been arranged ablaze, as well as a motorcycle had been as well torched.
Capriles ended up already signed to visit a space with which has typically leaned pro-Chavez, and also competitors supporters had been seen jogging to look at cover through violence.
At smallest age 14 persons sustained reduces and various insignificant injuries, law enforcement within Carabobo express said.
After the violence, Capriles talked during a backyard rally within the town, blaming Chavez as well as small "radical groups."
"Those behavior won't be spontaneous. There's someone to blame for these actions," Capriles informed the crowd. Addressing Chavez without referfing to the president's name, Capriles said: "It's an individual who would like this scenario. It's anyone who wants to be able to sow fear."
"We realise that this individual which converts to violence, it can be in which he's worried on the other's ideas," Capriles added. "We're weary associated with violence."
His supporters chanted, "We are not afraid!" Capriles have been on his approach to that event if your clashes erupted, and to bypass the obstructed street they sailed by simply heli in order to a location in which fishermen took the pup by way of a motorboat to the area.
Chavez has just lately mentioned his that will make has a disguised . agenda to help impose right-wing steps "that would head Venezuela into a municipal war." But Chavez offers denied your intention is in which to be a threat or maybe wanting to showcase violence in almost any way.
During the particular melee, most of the red-shirted government proponents attended to the airport compound along with took at a distance speakers as well as a generator.
A section wagon contains Capriles' campaign fliers also has been trashed because people smashed the particular windows, ripped out your headlights plus started for you to draw available elements from under the hood. The marketing fliers were quit existing on the ground.
Carabobo state Gov. Henrique Salas Feo, some sort of Chavez opponent, condemned the particular violence on television set saying, "The land demands peace."
National Guard troops came to that airport terminal afterward.
Tensions include sporadically removed violent clashes along with scuffles between supporters in the a pair of individuals prior to the Oct. 7 presidential vote, during which Chavez is usually searching for a different six-year term.
National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena condemned your violence, saying the item appeared to own happen to be triggered by a group of people. She didn't lay down fault on sometimes political camp.
Jorge Rodriguez,Chavez's marketing manager, blamed government opponents plus reported the Carabobo police, which are beneath Salas' command,attacked Chavez's partisans.
Rodriguez mentioned authorities followers "have your proper to protest as well as show freely" towards Capriles visit.
"The police appeared and savagely attacked your people," Rodriguez said on television, incorporating that Chavezs advertising campaign has photos with Carabobo criminal arrest officers with civilian clothing starting your violence.
Kelvis Olleda, some sort of 15-year-old Chavez supporter, held responsible the particular opposition with regard to provoking your incident.
"They started this. They have been seeking us," Olleda said, keeping some sort of cling while he or she joined this pro-Chavez crowd.
Endris Quintero, a Capriles supporter, were standing watching since people today threw rocks. "It is not fair," your dog said. "It's a great work of vandalism."
He likewise blamed National Guard troops regarding not necessarily actor immediately, while soldiers ended up stationed at a article right alongside this area.
In prior incidents over the campaign, several individuals were damaged inside a filming in which erupted after a voting punch before this month.
In July, stone-throwing Chavez followers clashed by using opposition sympathizers who registered Capriles as he or she led a march from a poor Caracas neighborhood.
In a further scene about March 4, gunfire rang released while Capriles was going to a new as a rule pro-Chavez community throughout Caracas, injuring a single succor of the visitors leader.
Wednesday's violence transpired simply just because past Patrick Duddy, your former U.S. ambassador to help Venezuela, reported from a review published the following week in which in the approaching several weeks Venezuela "could expertise considerable political unrest and violence that will produce the further more curtailment regarding democracy within the country."
In this report, which was published through the Council on Foreign Relations, Duddy written of which when Chavez possesses mentioned he can value caused by the actual vote, "most plausible problems to get instability as well as struggle around Venezuela derive with the conclusion the fact that Chavistas cannot voluntarily surrender power in addition to could be willing to induce violence, orchestrate civil unrest, and also engage in numerous forms of network . opposition in avoiding carrying out so."
Associated Press author Jorge Rueda, throughout Caracas, offered to the present report.