Venezuelan Socialist Party Legislator Robert Serra Assassinated

3 October 2014 — VSC

Robert Serra (27), a legislator of the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and the National Assembly’s (AN) youngest parliamentarian, was found dead in his Caracas home yesterday.

 
Authorities confirmed last night that Serra and his partner Maria Herrera had been murdered in their residence. According to daily newspaper Ultimas Noticias, unofficial reports say that Serra’s body showed signs of torture before he was killed.
 
The minister of interior affairs, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, informed state television VTV last night that an investigation had been launched into the murders.
 
“They were horribly assassinated in their house…a motive still hasn’t been determined, what we can assure is that there is a specialised team at the site to investigate who is responsible for this act,” he stated, while asking PSUV members to “remain calm”.
 
Serra was a rising figure within Chavismo, and had been a prominent student leader in the PSUV. Originally from the western city of Maracaibo, the law graduate and criminologist also spearheaded initiatives to tackle violent crime in Venezuela. He was elected to the AN for the PSUV in 2010.
 
Tributes to Serra from members of the government and PSUV came pouring in upon the news of his murder. President Nicolas Maduro first reacted to the news on Twitter, writing, “We will continue your example Robert, loyal and firm in the path of the revolution that you always defended with passion”.
 
National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello told VTV that he felt “immense pain” at the “horrendous crime” and loss of “one of the PSUV’s new, best generation”.
 
Several commentators from within Chavismo argued that Serra’s murder was part of an alleged strategy of targeted assassinations and an “economic war” to undermine the Bolivarian government.
 
Writing on popular pro-government community forum Aporrea, political science professor Jesus Silva wrote of the event, “It’s not a myth, it’s a reality: there is a national plan for the targeted assassination of mid-level socialist political leaders”.
He continued, “300 NGOs are being financed by governments and companies in and outside of the country to implement political terrorism in Venezuela”.
 
History of assassinations
 
Robert Serra’s murder joins the list of other assassinations of government figures. In April, PSUV local councilor and former intelligence chief Eliecer Otaiza was murdered in Caracas. Serra’s bodyguard, detective Alexis Barreto, was also assassinated two years ago.
 
Alleged assassination plots and attempts have also been reported against top government officials. Last October, then price control enforcer Eduardo Saman survived a suspicious armed assault that he said was an assassination attempt.
The cases recall the car bomb assassination of state lawyer Danilo Anderson in 2004, who at the time was responsible for prosecuting several anti-government figures suspected of participating in the 2002 coup against the administration of Hugo Chavez.
 
* Based on an article on Venezuelanalysis.com

One thought on “Venezuelan Socialist Party Legislator Robert Serra Assassinated

  1. Tad Davison says:

    So who might be behind these killings? Who might have an interest in destabilising yet another sovereign nation that coincidentally harbours a justifiable antithesis towards the good ol’ USA?

    It wouldn’t surprise me one iota to find that a very dangerous organisation that is most commonly known by three little letters had a hand in it somewhere, just as they’ve had a hand in countless other murders and assassinations the world over for decades. They were also highly complicit in the assassination of one of their own presidents.

    Those three letters – CIA – ring out loudly! The most criminal aggregation the world has ever seen, and that includes MI6, Mossad, the Nazi Gestapo, and even the KGB!

    Tad Davison

    Cambridge UK

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