CARUZO – Urban Warfare in Caracas: Socialist Death Squads Face Down Armed Gangs
CHRISTIAN K. CARUZO17 Jul 2021206
CARACAS, Venezuela — The inhabitants of Caracas’ Cota 905 found themselves at the epicenter of a three-day gang war as militants formerly allied with the Bolivarian Revolution unleashed an unprecedented wave of terror against the population in an effort to expand their territory.
Their clash with the socialist regime lasted the entire weekend, resulting in at least 30 casualties.
The main gang at the center of the conflict is led by Carlos Luis Revete, also known as “Koki” or “Coqui.” His group rapidly rose to power and influence following a non-aggression pact between armed gangs and the socialist regime in 2013 that allowed gangs free reign over the territories under their control in exchange for a reduction in violence.
Cota 905 is the colloquial name given to Guzmán Blanco Avenue, an extremely dangerous and crime-riddled neighborhood and crucial road in Caracas that connects the western parishes of El Paraiso, La Vega, and Santa Rosalia. In 2017, the socialist regime declared Cota 905 a “Peace Zone,” an arrangement allegedly intended to disarm the gangs in exchange for economic favors — the results were far from the alleged intention.