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Sections of Caracas Paralyzed by Shootouts Between Gangs and Cops

  • Gangs fire on cops and drivers, and bullets slam into homes
  • Government has lost control of large parts of its own capital
Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) arrive to the area of clashes between police and alleged members of a criminal gang in the surroundings of La Cota 905 neighborhood of Caracas, on July 8.
Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) arrive to the area of clashes between police and alleged members of a criminal gang in the surroundings of La Cota 905 neighborhood of Caracas, on July 8.Photographer: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images
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Swathes of Venezuela’s capital are paralyzed by intense fighting between urban gangs and security forces while terrified families cower in their homes as the nation’s slide toward anarchy accelerates.

Gang members from the Cota 905 slum in western Caracas and surrounding neighborhoods torched vehicles and trucks and shot at civilian drivers, as well as police, with heavy weaponry.