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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Putin on Guaido’s Plea to God: Get Back to Earth and Dialogue

Putin emphasized the need to renew a “peaceful dialogue without any sort of interference” that in turn makes things “worse for all Venezuelans.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, while addressing the current situation in Venezuela, said on Thursday that since opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself president “before God” yet received no heavenly “signs,” it's time to get back to earth and dialogue.

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During an official state visit to Italy, Putin recalled that on Jan. 23 Guaido raised his eyes to heaven and, addressing God, proclaimed himself the “interim president" of Venezuela, in violation of the Constitution of the Latin American nation. 

"But God did not tell us what his reaction to this message was, he did not give us any sign, that's why I believe we should return to sinful earth and abide by democratic procedures," the Russian head of state remarked. 

Like many times before, Putin emphasized the need to renew a “peaceful dialogue without any sort of interference” that in turn makes things “worse for all Venezuelans.”

Even though the majority of world leaders, including Russia and China, have not recognized Guaido’s "leadership," the United States (U.S.) and its regional allies, especially the right-wing "Lima Group," continue to do so. Thus, and with U.S.-backing, the opposition lawmaker has tried and failed to oust democratically elected president, Nicolas Maduro.

The last attempt was carried out on April 30, when Guaido urged the armed forces to support his effort to oust Maduro. The lawmaker appeared outside an air force base with dozens of National Guard members, which later turned out that had been tricked into showing up at the highway interchange of Altamira. 

Guaido and opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez — who violated his house arrest — tried to get the army and people to join their coup but failed. 

Despite all, the Venezuelan government has continued to push for mediated talks with the opposition, through the Uruguayan Mechanism launched between Mexico and Uruguay with the support of 15 state-members of the Organization of American States (OAS).

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Li said, “The international community must insist in the respect of the objectives and principles of the U.N. Charter, as well as the basic rules of international relations,” and that the U.S. "should not interfere with (Venezuela's) domestic affairs.”

Meanwhile, President Maduro confirmed the commitment of his government to hold talks in Norway and assured that next week he will announce "good news."

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Guaido’s ‘envoy’ set to meet Pentagon officials to plan ways of bringing ‘democracy’ to Venezuela

A representative of the Venezuelan opposition leader in the US will meet members of the Southern Command next week to discuss strategy for regime change in the Latin American country, Juan Guaido has confirmed.

“The meeting will be held on Monday,” the self-proclaimed interim president said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I understand it will be at the State Department, and our ambassador will tell us what is the result of that meeting.”

El presidente encargado de Venezuela, , aseguró que la reunión con el Comando Sur está avanzando e informó que el próximo lunes se estarían dando resultados sobre la conversación. por:

Over the weekend, Guaido’s ‘envoy’ to the US, Carlos Vecchio, sent a letter addressed to US Adm. Craig S. Faller of SOUTHCOM requesting a “meeting with a technical delegation to advance in strategic and operational planning” in order to “restore democracy” in Venezuela.

: following instructions of Interim President , we officially requested the a meeting with a technical delegation to advance in strategic and operational planning with the priority goal of stopping our people's suffering and restoring democracy.

Just prior to the opposition’s call for US military assistance, Faller stated that he “looks forward” to discussing how the US can “support the future role” of dissidents to “restore constitutional order.”

When invited by & the legitimate gov't of , I look forward to discussing how we can support the future role of those leaders who make the right decision, put the Venezuela people first & restore constitutional order. We stand ready!

The government of Nicolas Maduro, which has long accused the US of stopping at nothing to bring about a regime change, slammed Guaido for his efforts to entice foreign troops into a breach of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

“We reject the letter by one of the coup leaders asking for military intervention in Venezuela, on behalf of a group of coup plotters who carry out terrorist activities to create confusion and destabilize our homeland,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez noted earlier this week.

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The president of the National Assembly, which has no real power in Venezuela, challenged Maduro’s seat in January. Despite bold, flashy statements that Venezuelans are ready to rise up, the US-backed coup has so far failed to secure the support of the wider public and the military, who continue to stay loyal to the Bolivarian ideals. Yet Washington, which has repeatedly stated that “all options remain on the table,” is firmly committed to “restoring democracy” in Venezuela by bringing the opposition leader to power.

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