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3 Months of a Continuing Coup against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution

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Terrorism is Not a Form of Protest

Document by the Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information.-

The terrorist guarimbas (violent protests) fostered by the Venezuelan right-wing have caused fear and unease among the people, in addition to a tragic loss of life and property.

▶     42 deaths, 8 of which were members of the National Guard or the Bolivarian National Police, and one official of the Office of the Public Prosecutor.  These figures debunk the narrative which claimed that all of the victims were from the opposition.

▶     813 injured, including approximately 280 public official, which demonstrates the high level of violence of those so-called “peaceful protests”.

▶     Material losses worth over $15 billion due to the physical destruction or burning of public and private buildings, pre-schools, universities, medical centers, mass transit and public services in general.

Guaranteeing Peace Implies Enforcing the Law and Prosecuting Those Who Engage in Terror and Disrupt Peace in Venezuela.

Killing or injuring people, putting human lives at risk, destroying public or private facilities, transportation systems and infrastructure, seizing buses and merchandise, manufacturing or possessing firearms or explosives, causing fires or explosions, and disrupting the water supply, electricity or other key natural resources; these have been some of the actions taken by violent groups, all of which are considered to be terrorist acts under international law.

▶     The media have proposed a narrative in which those arrested have been students, when just 14 of the 197 people currently detained for having committed crimes and violated the law are actual students.  In other words, less than 8% of those still under arrest are students.

▶     The Venezuelan State has taken strong action against violations of human rights.  To date, the Office of the Public Prosecutor has begun 142 investigations, 2 for alleged homicide, 2 for alleged torture, and 138 for alleged mistreatment.

Dismantling of Camps

As part of the plan established by these terror groups, they established illegal camps across various parts of the capital city.  On May 8, 2014, state security agencies removed these camps, an action which the illegal occupants resisted and led them to attack security agents.

Authorities confirmed that the camps had been terrorist nests that concealed weapons, explosives, high sums of foreign currency, as well as drugs that the criminals had been consuming.

▶     243 people were arrested in the municipalities of Baruta and Chacao.  Of these, just 18% were accredited students, debunking once again the claim that these were student camps.

▶     All 243 arrested were guaranteed their rights and they received medical attention, food and legal assistance.  Of these, 60 were seen by the Psychiatric and Psychological Department for drug detoxification.

▶     Of the 243 arrested, 11 were adolescents (minors).  They were handed over to their respective parents under the supervision of the Council for the Protection of Children and Adolescents of Libertador municipality.

▶     Of the 243 arrested, just 11 were charged with committing crimes: 8 were accused of illegally carrying fire arms, criminal association, use of adolescents to commit crimes, attempting to obstruct public roads, violent harm to property, trafficking small quantities of drugs, and unlawful possession of incendiary substances.

▶     The following were seized from the camps: firearms (two rifles, one revolver and one pistol), quantities of drugs, tear gas grenades, homemade explosive devices, gunpowder, gas tanks, ball bearings, gas masks, shields, medicine, incendiary devices that could be attached to objects which would create shrapnel upon exploding, and cash in dollars, euros and other currencies.

There Are No General Protests in Venezuela

From protests to guarimbas, from guarimbas to camps, and now the tactics of focused vandalism and terrorism.

▶     There is no chaos in Venezuela, nor are there general protests throughout the country, despite what the media attempts to portray.

▶     The guarimbas initially took place in 18 of 335 of the country’s municipalities, which represents just 5% of Venezuela.  According to Interior Minister Miguel Rodríguez Torres, there are currently only between two and three hundred protestors in the country and there are less than one hundred in the capital.

▶     Minister Rodríguez Torres also noted that due to the lack of popular support, the new tactic of terrorist groups is foquismo, in which groups of 10 or 20 people go out to burn vehicles and ministries, to attack officials and destroy public institutions when the rest of the country is completely calm and normal.  This tactic aims to create an international media narrative that Venezuela is mired in chaos, general protests and state repression.

Statistics Not Shown By the Media

▶     The latest Hinterlaces poll (with a 96% confidence interval), showed that 88% of Venezuelans disagree with guarimbas and violent protests and the same percentage believes that the national government should prosecute those responsible for violence.

▶     This poll also found that approval for the political opposition fell to less than 20% due to the radicalization these protests have led to.

▶     Finally, Hinterlaces founds that 52% of Venezuelans approve of the job being done by President Nicolás Maduro.

 

U.S. Interference in Venezuela

 

In a clear violation of the principle of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other nations, which is established in Article 2.7 of the United Nations Charter; Resolution N.2625 of the United Nations General Assembly, Articles 18, 29, and 20 of the Charter of the Organization of American States, and Article 1 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the government of the United States has repeatedly declared its support for the terrorist groups that are attempting to bring down the Venezuelan government by unconstitutional means.

▶     Since the violent events in the country began 90 days ago, the United States has declared its support for terrorist groups 60 times through different spokespersons.

▶     The National Endowment for Democracy and the United States Agency for International Development are some of the many U.S. organizations that have lent support for the undemocratic activities of oppositions groups in Venezuela to destabilize the country and overthrow the Revolutionary government.  These organizations not only finance NGOs, but also right-wing political parties and other organizations that function like small armies to carry out terrorist acts in the country.

▶     On May 9, the United States challenged the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and its attempts to promote national dialogue by approving a bill in the House of Representatives that would sanction Venezuelan government officials.

▶     This bill, which constitutes U.S. interference in Venezuela and would block visas, bank accounts and assets held by Venezuelan officials, also directly finances terrorist groups and right-wing media with $15 million in funding.  Approval of this bill shows the U.S. has a double standard given the progress in the dialogue between the opposition and government.


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