A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2085 ... May 11, 2020
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A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela

Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado and Zoe PC

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the people on the boats possessed satellite phones as well as uniforms and helmets with the flag of the United States of America.

The incursion was intercepted by Venezuelan authorities, who fought them off; eight of the belligerents were killed, while two were intercepted. One of those who was arrested says that he is an agent of the US government’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The DEA has not responded to calls for confirmation.

Néstor Reverol, the minister of internal affairs of Venezuela, told Venezuelan television stations hours after the thwarted incursion that the government received information about the attack from sources in Colombia and... from its own regular patrols of the Venezuelan coastline. "We cannot take any of their threats lightly," said senior Venezuelan politician Diosdado Cabello. "What happened today," he said, "is an example of the desperation" of the United States and its allies.

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