Venezuela Military On High Alert For Colombian Military Attack

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President Maduro puts the Venezuelan armed forces on alert due to intelligence showing possible Colombian military attack.

Note: President Maduro has put the Venezuelan military on high alert due to intelligence information indicating the Colombian government intends to create a conflict at their common border to justify a military attack.

There are two reasons for this. First, the Colombian government is facing massive protests over its neoliberal policies. A military conflict would be a distraction from these protests. Second, this week the US is seeting to activate an OAS treaty, the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela and needs a justification.

Below is an action alert sent out by the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC

Urgent Call! No War!

How to Reach Congress:

Urgent call. Call your congressional representatives, NOW! tell them that you don’t want any military intervention in Venezuela for peace on the continent we require action.
Colombia has convened for this December 3, [Tues.] a summit for the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela.
In the context of the conflicting Latin American reality, this call constitutes a new danger for peace, democracy and the right of self-determination of the peoples in the region.
It is urgent for US citizens and people around the world to pronounce itself against this conclave that intends to undertake a military aggression against Venezuela, which would benefit the regional control plans of US imperialism and allow the ruling oligarchies in the countries of the so-called Lima group [Lima Group – Wikipedia] to evade their responsibilities against economic, political and social crises that are going through, due to the disasters caused by the neoliberal model.
In solidarity,
William Camacaro
Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC

President Trump began openly talking about a military attack on Venezuela in August 2017. The Trump administration has done all it can to remove President Maduro from office. Repeated coup attempts have failed. The Venezuelan government closely monitors all aspects of these US attacks, with its allies Colombia and Brazil, and has thwarted them by taking precautionary actions. KZ

Maduro Warns About Actions Against Venezuela From Colombia

The Bolivarian leader summoned Venezuelans to be ready to defend their homeland from any form of foreign aggression.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Friday announced that the Bolivarian Army is on “alert” for a suspected attack from Colombia.

“All of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) should be on alert. I have first-hand information of a set of provocations for armed conflict at the Colombian-Venezuelan border, so as to divert attention from the popular Colombian rebellion against Ivan Duque,” Maduro said.

“I speak out against it and I’m telling the FANB to be ready to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty and right to peace… Be ready.”

Over the last year, the Venezuelan government has denounced to the international community that Colombia is trying to create conditions that justify an armed attack on Bolivarian territory.

To that effect, President Duque has falsely argued that armed groups supported by Maduro frequently enter his country from Venezuela.

“I ordered our National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) to remain in permanent vigilance to defend our country’s peace and sovereignty, given the claim of the Colombian oligarchy to generate acts of provocation on our common border to divert attention from their internal situation. We will not allow it!”

On Nov. 14, in response to a smear campaign that attempts to hide the existing insecurity on the border caused by Colombian paramilitaries and drug traffickers, Maduro also alerted the FANB about the possibility of Colombian terrorist groups being deployed in Venezuela.

Currently, Duque faces the most massive protests recorded in his country’s contemporary political history. Besides repudiating his economic policies, Colombians are increasingly dissatisfied with the high levels of corruption in his administration, which has not done much to stop the killing of human rights defenders and social leaders.

Maduro summoned the Bolivarian people to be ready to defend their homeland from any form of imperialist aggression and, thus, guarantee production and economic growth in Venezuela.

In order to accomplish these goals, he authorized the delivery of 13,000 rifles to the Fighting Corps and instructed to advance the inclusion of the working class in the Bolivarian Militia.