Venezuelan teen blinded after 52 rubber pellets to the face

Rufo Chacon was blinded during a July 2 protest in the Andean city of San Cristobal, Venezuela. (Credit: Alex Boscán)

Caracas (CNN)Rufo Chacon says he is beginning to forget colors.

The teenager lost both of his eyes just two weeks ago, during a July 2 protest in the Andean city of San Cristobal, Venezuela, which turned bloody when police began firing rubber bullets into the crowd.
The doctors who tried to save his eyes said that 52 rubber buckshot pellets hit his face, 16 of them flying directly into his eyes.
    A police report investigating the accident said state security forces forcefully repressed the crowd without warning. Two other underage protesters also received head injuries, the report says. One of them was Chacon's younger brother, Adrian, 14, who received a blow to his skull from a police baton. Both were there with their mother, Adriana Parada, to protest shortages of cooking gas in the region.
    Chacon stubbornly refuses to give up hope. "I want to have my sight back," he tells CNN with a firm voice, weighing every word. "I have all sorts of feelings, I would like to cry but I can no more. I cried enough in the hospital," he says.
    After the protest, Venezuelan authorities announced that two officers had been charged for "attempted murder, improper use of weapon and cruel treatment" in dealing with the protesters. They are currently awaiting trial. The statement by the attorney general's office specifically references Chacon's case, as does a tweet by the attorney general, Tarek William Saab.