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Fears Of US Military Intervention In Venezuela Grow Further As US-backed ‘President’ Continues His Coup Attemp


Fears Of US Military Intervention In Venezuela Grow Further As US-backed 'President' Continues His Coup Attemp

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On February 22nd, US-Proclaimed Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido arrived in Colombia, defying his travel ban. He was welcomed by Vice President of the Colombian Conservative Party Juan Felipe Corzo.

He arrived on the day before the deadline he gave for the entry of US humanitarian aid into Venezuela.

In a joint news conference with the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Paraguay, Guaidó suggested the Venezuelan armed forces had facilitated his arrival across the border.

“And I say thank you, and I thank the people of Venezuela, too, for their support,” he said. “Tomorrow, February 23, a month after assuming the presidency, all of Venezuela will be in the street to urge humanitarian aid to get in.”

“He is risking a lot,” said political analyst Dimitris Pantoulas, cited by the Washington Post. “Unless he’s sure the international reaction will have a big enough magnitude to leave Maduro with no option other than letting him back in. But the risk is too high and there’s no guarantee of what will happen. To me, it seems unnecessary.”

Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo reiterated the Lima Group’s and his country’s support of Guaido and repeated a call to the Venezuelan Armed Forces to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Meanwhile, at a news conference in New York, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza warned that “many Venezuelans don’t agree with Mr. Guaidó being in freedom. I hope justice will be done.”

On the same day, Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of opposition supporters who were trying to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid. According to reports 2 people died and 15 others were injured.

The White House issued a statement warning Maduro’s government:

“Egregious violation of human rights by [President Nicolás] Maduro and those who are following his orders will not go unpunished.”

US National Security Adviser John Bolton also condemned the Venezuelan military’s response to the opposition supporters’ actions. Warning that the “perpetrators will face justice.”

On the evening of February 22nd, the Aid Live Concert took place, co-organized by billionaire Richard Branson.

In response, Maduro’s government also organized a concert along the border with Colombia.

Maduro also issued an apology to the Colombian and Venezuelan people that the border between the countries would remain closed for a while, but freedom of passage would be restored swiftly, as soon as normality returns.

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez also announced the closure of the border with Colombia.

All of the recent actions of the opposition, the US and its allies appear to be a sort of preparation for aggressions.

These include claims of the humanitarian aid being funneled to Cuba, Hezbollah’s presence in Venezuela and soldiers shooting “civilians” who were not breaking the law by keeping a country’s border open by force.

There were even attempts of spreading news of even Venezuelan allies such as Russia abandoning the country, according to reports of Gazprombank freezing Venezuelan assets among other things. There are constant reports of military officers defecting to the opposition’s side. There was also a recent report of Venezuela’s “Military atache” to the UN recognizing Guaido, who turned out to be the Deputy Atache.

All of this rhetoric attempts to construct a narrative in which the Maduro government is so “evil” that even its allies are backing off and leaving it to fend for itself. And if the Russian Foreign Ministry’s claims that the US is positioning special forces along the Venezuelan borders are true, then an intervention is edging even closer.




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