Desperate Juan Guaido Vows Again to Plunder teleSUR's Signal

"After evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options, I have decided to start a process of reorganization and rescue of Telesur to put it at the service of truth, plurality, Venezuelan and regional democracy."

The self-proclaimed 'president' of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, is struggling to stay relevant these days after several failed coup attempts to overthrow the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic. 

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Guaido, in a new set of Tweets, doubled down on his vow to take over teleSUR's signal, claiming that he was "evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options."

"After evaluating the relevant legal and institutional options, I have decided to start a process of reorganization and rescue of Telesur to put it at the service of truth, plurality, Venezuelan and regional democracy," Guaido tweeted on Sunday evening. 

According to the self-proclaimed president's second tweet, he plans to create a "presidential commission" to restructure teleSUR in order to serve his interests and provide a channel that helps him stay relevant. 

"For this, I have created the Presidential Commission for the restructuring of Telesur, it will be made up of professionals with experience and independence who will lead the process to put the signal at the service of Freedom. Their names will be announced in the coming days," he claimed. 

Guaido, who claims to support 'democratic' values, is attempting to silence teleSUR for the purpose of elevating his own image and that of his international supporters, in particular, members of the Lima Group. 

He has solely relied on countries like the United States and United Kingdom to help him circumvent international law and plunder the Bolivarian Republic's resources, while also playing a role in the economic blockade that has attempted to starve Venezuelans for the purpose of overthrowing the government.  

Since he lacks the popular support needed to become the leader of Venezuela, Guaido continues to seek alternative methods to harm the Bolivarian Republic. 

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US recognition of Guaido proves stance against Venezuela

Caracas, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The recognition by the United States of the parallel swearing-in ceremony of Juan Guaido as National Assembly President, proves yet again that Venezuela cannot expect anything from that government, the Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, stated.

During a special broadcast of his radio program Con El Mazo Dando, Cabello reviewed what happened on Sunday at the National Assembly (in contempt), and noted that Washington will seek any pretext not to recognize the parliamentary elections to be held this year.

He warned that it is necessary to be prepared, as the White House will not approve any process that does not respond to its interests.

'This is the scenario that they always seek, to promote chaos to justify an intervention. There were expressions full of hatred from the lawmakers of Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) and especially their wish for a drone to come,' Cabello noted.

He stressed that 'imperialism and its opposition lackeys have only one way of acting, under the law of the strongest without either principles or values.' Regarding the election of the new leadership of the Parliament, held prior to Guaido's parallel act, Cabello said that it was a defeat for imperialism, as the White House's candidate failed to secure the votes necessary to be elected and his own political force turned its back on him.

He added that the divisions at the core of the Venezuelan right wing are a blow for the United States and its allies.

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Venezuela: Maduro to Present New Evidence Against Conspirators

The Venezuelan President warned that all those citizens involved in organizing violent protests will be brought to justice.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday said that in the coming days he will present new evidence about the destabilization plans that the Venezuelan opposition intends to execute in November and warned that organizers of violent forms of protest (“guarimbas”) will be brought to justice.

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"We are going to bring evidence of some guarimba attempts which they intend to execute in November," Maduro said, adding that "the jail is what awaits the guarimberros, who get into guarimbas again."

The Venezuelan President also announced that he will take all necessary measures to guarantee peace in Venezuela, a country where the majority of the population does not use violent mechanisms to express their political positions.

Previously, the Venezuelan head of state also warned that former opposition mayor Carlos Ocariz was preparing new conspiracies.

"You go from one conspiracy to another and then you use a dumb boy's voice to pretend madness," Maduro said.

In this South American country, the term “guarimbas” is used by the population to designate violent demonstrations which, as it happened in 2014 and 2017, are encouraged by the United States and the Venezuelan extreme right with the aim of trying to overthrow President Maduro .

In 2017, the guarimbas generated 172 dead, thousands of wounded and millionaires destroyed, especially in the areas controlled by opposition governors and mayors, who allow violent protests by ignoring them.

"We are focused on working for Venezuela. I always say that when new threats of guarimbas appear, the country's great vaccine is work and production."

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U.S. funds Venezuela's Juan Guaido with millions of dollars

Washington, October 11 (RHC)-- The U.S. government has pledged 98 million in funding to the Venezuelan opposition, claiming that the funds will be invested to support civil society, human rights organizations and independent media.

Based on U.S. Agency for International Development reports, this fresh funding comes in addition to the 470 million already granted to the so-called humanitarian aid that Washington has handed over to Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Opposition figures say the U.S. economic cooperation is strategic for Maduro's removal from power.  However, Venezuelan officials think otherwise.  Experts say that the Venezuelan Constitution prohibits politicians to receive money from foreign nations.

The Venezuelan people also condemn Washington’s unflinching support for the Venezuelan opposition.   As the U.S. offers hundreds of millions of dollars in fund to the opposition leaders, it's widely believed that Guaido and his associates are enjoying huge profits while making false promises to the Venezuelans.

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Venezuelan foreign minister says Trump sends aid to Guaido to distract public opinion of his own scandals

United Nations, September 27 (RHC)-- U.S. President Donald Trump sends aid to Venezuela’s opposition hoping it would “distract” people from scandals engulfing the White House, says Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

“"It was really shameful.  It's the puppeteer with the puppets, telling them what to do.  And of course they are all really frustrated because they have tried all year long to overthrow our government.  It has been a continuous coup.  They have sanctioned and they have imposed all these blockades against the Venezuelan people and they haven't reached their goals.  They haven't achieved their goals and they won't,” said the top diplomat on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

He made the comments as Trump was trying to handle repercussions of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he called for an investigation into his 2020 opponent, Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.  “It's really Trump trying to distract the public opinion of his own scandals.” 

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Former Colombian mayor who helped Guaido, accused of graft

Caracas, September 23 (RHC)-- Venezuelan officials have reported that former Colombian mayor Henry Valero, who helped opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido cross the Venezuelan-Colombian border on February 22nd, has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption in Colombia. 

The Protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira Freddy Bernal tweeted: "The cynicism of national and international media has no limits.  They try to minimize the evidence of ties between paramilitaries and Juan Guaido and turn a blind eye to the links with the corrupt mayor of Northern Santander Henry Valero, sentenced to five years in prison."

The Colombian Fifth Criminal Court charged Valero with embezzlement of funds during his administration in Puerto Santander-Cucuta and sentenced him to prison.  An arrest warrant has been issued as his whereabouts are unknown. 

Valero was in charge of logistics to help Guaido cross the Colombian-Venezuelan border last February to attend the U.S.-backed ‘Venezuela Aid Live’ concert, as it is seen in videos in which the former Colombian mayor assists Guaido and his entourage board a Colombian government helicopter in order to reach the event financed by British billionaire Richard Branson.

Bernal also revealed communications between the narco-paramilitary group Los Rastrojos and Valero, with the purpose of guaranteeing entry and security the Venezuelan U.S.-backed opposition lawmaker. The protector of the Tachira state has requested an investigation by the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ) of Venezuela.

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Driving to Colombia? New photos show Juan Guaido in car with ‘drug cartel gangster’

A Venezuelan official has published photos that he says are further proof of ties between the country’s self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido and a drug cartel member, who allegedly helped him sneak into Colombia.

In January, Guaido declared himself the rightful head of state in Venezuela and has since made several failed attempts to actually seize power in the Latin American nation, with Washington backing the effort. During one of them in February, he traveled to neighboring Colombia to attend a concert and lead a column of trucks containing US-provided ‘humanitarian aid,’ which was ultimately stopped by Venezuelan border guards.

Last week, a Colombian NGO published photos showing the would-be president and two other people, who were identified as members of Los Rastrojos, a paramilitary criminal organization operating on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. It was alleged that Guaido had crossed the border with the help of the gangsters.

On Thursday, more photos apparently confirming the theory were published in Venezuela. One shows a smiling Guaido hugging a bulky man identified as Jonathan Orlando Zambrano Garcia, aka ‘Patron Pobre,’ a Los Rastrojos mid-tier commander. He was driving Guaido, who could be seen sticking out of an open door of the car.

Guaido’s clothes in the photos are the same that he wore during his trip to Colombia in February. The images were first revealed by ‘Con el Mazo Dando,’ a TV program hosted by Diosdado Cabello, an influential Venezuelan MP.

Cabello also reported that Los Rastrojos had tried to kill a man known as ‘El Menor,’ one of the two cartel members shown alongside Guaido in photos that emerged last week. He said that assassins had failed to find him and instead killed his parents and two other family members in what he called an obvious attempt to cover up the scandal.

After the initial allegation emerged, Guaido denied that he had received any help from Los Rastrojos and said the two members were among hundreds of people with whom he posed for selfies after crossing the border. Colombian authorities, who support Guaido’s claim in Venezuela, confirmed that the two individuals were members of the organization, but said that the opposition leader was not accompanied by any criminal during his visit to the country.

The ties between the man in the new pictures and Los Rastrojos, however, are less clear. According to Colombian newspaper El Espectador, Colombian border guards don’t believe him to be part of the criminal organization.

Los Rastrojos are one of several paramilitary groups operating in the border area. They are involved in various crimes including illegal mining, racketeering, trafficking of drugs and gasoline, kidnappings and assassinations.

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Turkey welcomes Maduro’s pact with Venezuelan opposition groups

Turkey on Tuesday voiced support for a series of agreements Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed with some opposition factions on Monday.

The agreements included the return of the government's deputies to the opposition-controlled legislature and the establishment of a national dialogue platform for ongoing negotiations.

"I welcome the signing of the agreements reached at the dialogue table with the opposition," Maduro said in a Facebook post in which he shared a five-page document signed by Venezuelan officials and representatives of minor opposition parties.

The signatories did not include Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed opposition leader who announced Sunday that negotiations with the Maduro administration were dead. The agreement marks the first significant split in the Venezuelan opposition.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry reiterated in a statement Tuesday Ankara's support for a principled approach seeking a sustainable solution to the crisis through political dialogue in line with the will of the Venezuelan people.

"With this understanding, we welcome the agreement reached between the Venezuelan Government and some opposition parties in Caracas yesterday (16 September)," the Foreign Ministry said.

"We think this is an important and encouraging step toward a solution. In terms of maintaining social, political and economic stability in Venezuela, it is of great importance that all parties support this promising initiative," the statement added.

The talks agreed to on Monday will focus on reforming Venezuela's electoral board as well as finding a solution to the impasse caused by the creation of a pro-government constitutional assembly to rival the opposition-controlled congress.

Venezuela's government said Monday its deputies will return to the opposition-controlled legislature, which they walked out of three years ago.

"In the interests of deepening and extending the dialogue... the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allied factions will return to the National Assembly," said communications minister Jorge Rodriguez.

Deputies from the ruling Socialist Party walked out of the National Assembly in 2016 after losing control in elections, and the government set up its own body, the Constituent Assembly.

Guaido, the speaker of the National Assembly, earlier this year declared himself interim president with the backing of the United States and other western powers, saying elections that returned Maduro to power had been undermined by fraud.

The National Assembly has maintained its composition of 112 opposition lawmakers and 55 government loyalists.

On Sunday, more than five weeks after Maduro's government pulled out of Norwegian-mediated negotiations to seek a way out of Venezuela's crisis, Guaido said that talks had collapsed.

The government and the opposition, which is seeking Maduro's resignation, launched the talks in July. The negotiations followed a previous round of talks in Oslo in May.

Maduro called off the talks, which were initially held in Oslo and then moved to Barbados, on Aug. 7 in response to U.S. sanctions against his government.

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