Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, dismantled a right-wing paramilitary camp near the Colombian border Tuesday, discovering U.S. army uniforms, among others.
The FANB also discovered stolen Venezuelan military uniforms as well as combat attire belonging to the Colombian military forces.
“We are advancing an investigation,” Tachira Governor Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora said at a press conference, according to HispanTV. “We found accounting books with a list of victims of extortion on the site.”
Right-wing Colombian paramilitaries are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Colombians since the 1950s. Usually targeted are campesinos, Indigenous people, Afro-Colombians, human rights activists and those sympathetic to Colombia’s leftist guerrilla movements and Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution.
Tachira — where the paramilitary camp was discovered — was also the region where the FANB found in December a large cache of bolivars, the country’s currency, which was being extracted and hoarded in an effort to sabotage the economy and make huge profits.
The FANB’s paramilitary camp discovery substantiates claims that the U.S. Army is training right-wing paramilitaries to spread terror in the region. It also reaffirms suspicions that U.S.-backed forces are using FANB uniforms for false flag attacks.
On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro denounced U.S. plans to work with right-wing politicians in the region to destabilize Venezuela. The socialist leader also condemned attempts by the Organization of American States to suspend the country’s membership.
“The U.S. State Department has activated all its ambassadors in the world, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean, pressing all governments to support a political, diplomatic and global intervention in Venezuela,” Maduro said during a Cabinet meeting, adding that Washington is trying to make Venezuela a “kind of colony” ruled from outside by wealthy U.S. elites, HispanTV reported.
OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro has been calling for the suspension of Venezuela from the multinational organization over alleged “human rights violations,” asking the body to invoke the Democratic Charter against the South American country. Almagro, a longtime foe of the Bolivarian Revolution, openly works with the country’s right-wing opposition to demand regime change, hosting a press conference with known opposition leaders just this past Monday.
This post originally ran on teleSUR.
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