Venezuela arrests 6 over drone explosions during Maduro speech
On, Saturday there were, two small explosions in Caracas the capital of. Venezuela they happened while the President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech to the country's national, guard to, commercially available drones reportedly carrying plastic, explosives blew up over a main boulevard Mhondoro. Was quickly rushed offstage and its military rushed off in panic local residents shot this video of soldiers running, through the streets NewsHour our producer PJ Toby has more on the attack why, many Venezuelans are running from their homeland and what they're leaving behind this is Venezuela's border with Brazil every day hundreds cross this frontier fleeing an economy. In freefall or, inflation, will. Sue hit one million percent We really don't have a future in Venezuela and the salary one earns is not enough at on the boulevard is worthless. The poorest make the crossing on foot some can't even feed their, children rely on this Catholic run shelter for a hot meal Venezuela is mired in crisis oil production the country's major, source of cash has plummeted armed guards stand century it's supermarket entrances where. Line snake down the block when shoppers are, allowed in it's a, desperate frenzy to get basic commodities so this admission is. What is really Because you. Have a country that is in the midst of an economic crisis. With hyperinflation Mariano day. Alba was born and studied law in Venezuela, he's now an analyst at the Atlantic Council there's also scarcity of food. And medicine in supermarkets so what happens is you have a. Country where the large majority of the population doesn't have this. Efficient means to leave the political situation, isn't much better with a fractured opposition under pressure from president Maduro who was reelected in. A controversial snap election this, past may. Despite the government's claims Alba isn't convinced that, last weekend's drone incident. Was an. Assassination attempt there are two possibilities one either the garment is telling, the truth and this was an assassination attempt. Or to the communists lying as usual And this was a play by the garment to try to strengthen, our hand within the country. And also to try to deviate the attention of the on going crisis on Sunday the government said that it had made arrests that Martha we've so far six terrorists and hit men detained various vehicles confiscated various. Rates have been executed in the capital of. Our country were important evidence has been collected of. Criminal activity Maduro has suggested that the US might have had some involvement in the attack a charge the US government denied. He also blamed one Manuel Santos the outgoing president of neighboring Colombia more than a million Venezuelans have fled their Alba says as. Long as the military sides with Maduro. He will retain power but in a country once ruled by Hugo. Chavez who came to. Power, in a coup that's not a sure, thing Gorman cannot cannot match the the speed of high frame flation towards Delta, salaries of the members of the military so I mean he's not only the members of, the military corps suffering this. But also their families so over last I would say six months We we have seen credible reports in the press about growing. Discontent within the, military for average Venezuelans that discontent is already acute and they're, voting with their feet. For the PBS news hour I'm BJ tovia.