Armored vehicles entered Venezuelan university

posted Feb 9, 2009, 6:40 AM by Gregorio Drayer Andrade   [ updated Feb 10, 2009, 8:09 AM by Greg Drayer ]

Táchira, January 27, 2009. The National Experimental University of Táchira (UNET) was allegedly raided on Monday by National Guard troops, complained on Tuesday authorities of the Venezuelan university. 

"Once again, the campus has been raided by troops of the National Guard who broke into the campus, not only on foot but with armored vehicles, and they attacked our university community," said Carlos Chacón, the Vice-chancellor of UNET, as reported by AFP.

Representatives of the university said that the students staged a demonstration against the proposed constitutional amendment introduced by the government, when they were attacked with tear gas and were beaten by troops.  

"If we talk about violence, the first person inciting violence is President (Hugo Chávez). He is the one who should temper his language to avoid violence in our country," said Chacón.

However, Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami denied that the university had been raided