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Venezuela Opposition Candidate Attacked

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 14, 2011 Last Updated: December 18, 2011
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Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado smiles during the Bureau of Democratic Unity meeting in Caracas, on September 26, 2010. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado smiles during the Bureau of Democratic Unity meeting in Caracas, on September 26, 2010. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)

Video footage released on Sunday purports to show a gun attack on Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate, María Corina Machado.

The video starts out with Machado talking to local residents after she threw the first pitch at a softball game. Around 30 seconds into the video, gunfire breaks out, prompting Machado and other people to run toward a van.

Machado said that she plans on continuing her campaign, according to the El Nacional newspaper. “These attacks further strengthen our spirit and that of all mothers who are prepared to defend our families. My commitment is to continue and with more reason,” she said in a statement.

She is running as an independent candidate against longtime President Hugo Chavez.

“The government has absolutely lost control and, in many cases, has been complicit with the criminal gangs,” she said, adding that the current government has armed some of these gangs with weapons, according to CNN en Español.

The El Nacional newspaper published a photograph showing two people on a motorcycle, with one wearing a red shirt. The man on the back on the motorcycle was pointing a gun at the van.

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