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Meet the 'Venezuelan Rambo' allegedly behind a coup attempt

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By Emma Beswick
Meet the 'Venezuelan Rambo' allegedly behind a coup attempt

<p>Oscar Perez is the alleged perpetrator of an <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/06/28/venezuela-supreme-court-attacked-by-terrorists-seeking-a-coup">attack</a> which saw a police helicopter target Venezuela’s Supreme Court building and Interior Ministry.</p> <p>In what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dubbed as an “act of terrorism”, the pilot of a police helicopter <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/06/28/venezuela-helicopter-attacks-supreme-court">dropped four grenades</a> on the court and fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry which had scores of people inside.</p> <p>Venezuelan daily <a href="http://www.el-nacional.com/">El Nacional</a> claimed that Oscar Pérez piloted the helicopter.</p> <p>Venezuela’s government has also said <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN19I2RV">in a communique</a> that Perez declared himself in rebellion against Maduro and was behind the attack, but who is the ‘Rambo of Venezuela’?</p> <p><b>Career</b></p> <p>A former captain in the <span class="caps">CICPC</span>, Venezuela’s intelligence and investigative body, Perez states on his Instagram profile that he is “a crime units investigator, a pilot and a K9 instructor”.</p> <p><b>Political affiliation</b></p> <p>Perez claims to have no political affiliation and in one of his Instagram posts gestured to a purple ribbon tied around his arm saying his allegiance was to “the truth and to Christ”. </p> <p><b>Social media</b></p> <p>Perez is active on social media and has posted multiple videos to his Instagram account in which he appears flanked by four masked men wielding what appear to be assault rifles and addresses the camera directly.</p> <p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:27.500000000000004% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BV3Hdhvl9wC/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">5/5 Tenemos dos opciones ser juzgados el día de mañana por nuestras conciencias y el pueblo, o a partir de hoy librarnos de este Gobierno Corrupto. Somos Guerreros de Dios y nuestra misión es vivir al servicio del pueblo. ¡VIVA <span class="caps">VENEZUELA</span>! ¡QUE <span class="caps">VIVA</span>!</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <span class="caps">OSCAR</span> <span class="caps">PEREZ</span> (@oscarperezgv) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-06-27T23:18:57+00:00">Jun 27, 2017 at 4:18pm <span class="caps">PDT</span></time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script></p> <p>The five recent videos that Perez has posted in this style had collectively received 1.6 million views by late Tuesday, June 27, night.</p> <p>https://twitter.com/oscaromshanti/media?lang=fr <https://twitter.com/oscaromshanti/media?lang=fr> </p> <p><b>Film career</b></p> <p>In 2015, Perez appeared in the Spanish language film “Death Suspended,” the plot of which centred around the <span class="caps">CICPC</span>.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="http://t.co/iNwBaGTDFZ">pic.twitter.com/iNwBaGTDFZ</a></p>— Oscar Perez (@oscaromshanti) <a href="https://twitter.com/oscaromshanti/status/644714181204275200">September 18, 2015</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>