Suspects Apprehended

We wrote here about the attack last week on a synagogue in Caracas. The attack was unusual in that it was carried out by 15 armed men. It was not just a drive-by, but a paramilitary operation in which the guards (in Venezuela synagogues need guards) were overcome and the synagogue was desecrated:


Hugo Chavez responded by darkly suggesting that the attack may have been carried out by an opposition faction, and warning Jews “not to allow themselves to be used” by his opponents. Now, though, eleven men have been arrested as suspects in the case. Seven of them are policemen and one was a security guard at the synagogue.

I don’t pretend to understand Venezuelan politics well enough to know what this means, but the fact that seven policemen and a security guard are among the suspects is suggestive, to say the least.

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