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Venezuelan Authorities Arrest US-linked ‘Terrorist Cell’ Amid New Washington Push Overthrow Maduro

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Venezuelan Authorities Arrest US-linked 'Terrorist Cell' Amid New Washington Push Overthrow Maduro

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On March 21st, an alleged “terrorist cell” was arrested by Venezuelan authorities, Minister of Interior Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol announced.

“Facing the failure of the entrance, through our border, of the so-called humanitarian aid last Feb. 23, wanting to violate our sovereignty and facing the victory that the people of Venezuela gave against the electric attacks, these groups continue with their spiral of violence.”

According to the Venezuelan official, the terrorist cell “would have hired Colombian and Central American mercenaries to attack the lives of political leaders, military men, magistrates of the TSJ (Supreme Justice Court) and to carry out acts of sabotage to public services to create chaos in the Bolivarian society.”

US-Proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaido’s chief of staff – Roberto Marrero was also arrested as part of the operation.

“The citizen Marrero Borgas is directly responsible for the organization of these criminal groups. A batch of weapons of war, cash in foreign currency was seized from him during a search conducted at his residence,” Reverol said.

The arrest warrant for Marrero was also published by the Public Ministry.

This was also repeated by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in an address on the same day.

TeleSUR reported this over Twitter, after the outlet’s official account was restored after being restricted for approximately 1 day in a clear sign of censorship.

Guaido gave a speech on the arrest, saying that whoever gave the order to “kidnap” Marrero made “another big mistake,” and that there would be repercussions. He also claimed that the arrest showed Maduro’s “weakness.”

In a continuing diplomatic push, on March 20th, Colombian President Ivan Duque and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera gave a joint statement in Santiago, Chile.

They called for the rule of law, democracy to be reinstated in Venezuela, they further called for the protection of human rights.

In a response, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded with the release of an official government statement.

The communique condemned the claims by the Colombian and Chilean leaders and criticized them for only looking after their economic interests with the US and disregarding not only the Venezuelan people, but the people of their respective countries as well.

“Duque and Piñera invoke international law when they supported groups of shock and tried from the Colombian border to force the entry of a supposed humanitarian assistance, violating any rule of the United Nations system that regulates the matter.

Undoubtedly, the Governments of Colombia and Chile, used as satellites of Donald Trump, have become an instrument for aggression against the Venezuelan people and its institutions, in virtue of which they face the repudiation of their Peoples as the firm decision of the revolutionary people of Venezuela to fight against the opprobrium, the threat and the interference.”

Earlier on March 21st, Jorge Arreaza also announced the approval by the UN Human Rights Council of a Venezuela resolution on the negative social impact of unilateral coercive measures like sanctions by the US.

“Attention! In Geneva the Council of HUMAN RIGHTS/UN approved by a large majority resolution submitted by Venezuela on behalf of the @MNOAL_NAM [The non-aligned movement in Venezuela] negative effects of unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) ON human Rights Another victory of multilateralism And Peace diplomacy!”

The diplomatic push is not relenting, however, Guaido and Western media started claiming that the number of countries that support the Venezuelan opposition is now 60, up from the previously perpetuated 50.

“The dictator and his usurper regime are the ones who hide in the darkness. We have the mobilized People, the support of more than 60 countries and our Constitution. Attention to the upcoming strategic announcements on the acceleration of the #OperaciónLibertad”

Guaido also continues to call for the people to rise up and organize riots against the government, but neither the mainstream media nor any other reports claim there are any active revolts or riots, despite the attempts at agitation and propaganda.

In terms of propaganda, reports have been circulating for almost 7 days of Maduro organizing paramilitary groups and people’s militias to thwart any attempts by the opposition to organize the people.

Another attempt to villainize the Maduro government began on March 20th when CNN reported on “new evidence” that suggested Venezuelan police pilot Oscar Perez was murdered.

He was accused of stealing a helicopter and using it to attack the Venezuelan supreme court in 2017. Initially it was reported that he died in a clash with the police, but the cited new evidence suggested he was captured and executed.

Why this evidence appeared more than 1 year after the incident is no secret, and it is simply used to perpetuated the narrative of the “evil Maduro regime.”

As part of the Trump administration’s pressure on the Maduro government, the US has not imported a single barrel of oil from Venezuela in the week to March 15th. This marked the first time such an occurrence had taken place. According to EIA’s monthly data dating back to 1973, the U.S. has never skipped a month without importing crude oil from Venezuela.

In terms of military movements, TeleSUR reported that Venezuelan army deserters were abandoned by the Colombian government.

They were promised by Guaido and the US that they would receive support if they abandoned the Maduro government.

They asked Venezuelan lawmaker Juan Guaido, who had unconstitutionally auto-proclaimed himself as “Interim president” of Venezuela, to help them.

“We are adrift; we do not have the support of anybody. We want Juan Guaido to come to talk to us face to face,” said former Venezuelan Army’s second ex-sergeant, Luis Gonzalez Hernandez.

“Attention to this testimony: Venezuelan military officers who deserted on Feb. 23 and fled to Colombia reported being “adrift and waiting for President Guaido.” They claim that UNHCR requires them to leave the camp and move on their own.”

“Most of us do not have relatives in Colombia, we were the breadwinner of our families in Venezuela and now we are here with nothing.”

Regardless, according to the Colombian government, more than 1,000 Venezuelan armed forces fled across the border to Colombia.

Largely, it appears that the Venezuelan military still supports the Maduro government, and many units were placed around key infrastructure in the country. The aim is to avoid any future situations similar to the weeklong blackouts that took place.

Despite the continuing US and allies’, as well as Venezuelan opposition’s efforts to destabilize Venezuela, it appears that the push is losing steam and that the Maduro government is managing to somewhat consolidate control.

Whether that would warrant a military intervention, since more “indirect” means are proving to be ineffective is still up to speculation.

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  • John

    In the photos I am seeing, Guaidó is not surrounded by throngs of supporters. It looks like a gathering at a high school seminar on seatbelt safety. Just coincidence or the real deal?

  • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

    fantastic news

  • zman

    So now army traitors are left high and dry in Colombia. Oh, boo hoo. You WERE the bread winners for your families, but you chose to back a traitor that would deliver your country to those that would destroy you. What of your families now? Have them join you in Colombia and see how much Guano does to support you. The Colombian government will not help you and neither will the US Americans. No one likes a traitor. BTW, what happened to the money you guys were promised? Chumps.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Yep, these traitors sought to transfer Venezuela’s resources away from benefiting the people of Venezuela to instead benefit the greedy psychopaths of US Empire. Now they’re learning some hard lessons as to what happens when you allow yourself to be used as a tool for the benefit someone else’s ambitions.

  • yomama

    Up til now Guaido has been able to conduct his political activities without “interference” from the Maduro government, the legitimate government of Venezuela. If Guaido’s Chief of Staff, now under arrest and no doubt undergoing interrogation, implicates Guaido in any plan for violent action in Venezuela, then the Maduro govt would have the necessary justification to order Guaido’s immediate arrest.

  • purplelibraryguy

    The Venezuelan government always seem pretty good at nabbing these plotters. Tip for the opposition: It’s harder to plot in secret when the servant class is against you.