After months of protests in the streets of Venezuela that cost the life of more than 100 people, a heavily armed resistance and opposition group is carrying on “Operation David” to free the country from the regime of President Nicolas Maduro. “The time for dialogue already passed, as well as the elections. Political leaders will do enough to fool people just to maintain power,” said a hooded man in a video posted by the group.
The group also remarked that it was time to act, and mentioned that it is the responsibility of all Venezuelans to get rid of the “communist dictatorship” and “drug trafficker,” according to CNN.
“We all know the will of our people (…). Our incursions so far have been executed as scheduled, with 100% success and no casualties,” he added. “They have no place in the world to go to (…). There will be no place to hide from our hand of justice,” he said. Finally, the man said that “this is not a coup, but a legitimate act to restore democracy.”
Although the veracity of the video is unknown, in the early hours of Sunday, August 6, a group of Venezuelan men said they belonged to the armored Brigade 41 of Carabobo state, attacking Fort Paramacay where the same leader of the maneuver, Captain Juan Caguaripano, named it like “Operation David Carabobo.”
After the events, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro described the incident as a “terrorist attack.”
President Nicolas Maduro is planning to rewrite the Constitution of the country, but the rejection of 7.2 million Venezuelans was imminent during an election act, in which more than 98% of voters rejected the proposal of the Constituent Assembly.
Although the votes were a symbolic act, they represent fully the main objective of the opposition, the party of Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD), which is to let the world know that the changes that Maduro wants to achieve are rejected by most Citizens of that Nation.
Protests against Maduro since April 1 have brought thousands to the streets demanding elections, but has also left hunreds dead, according to an official toll. The opposition in Venezuela is brutally repressed and everyone is asking for peace in the midst of the crisis.
It’s good to remember that the oil-rich nation is facing a humanitarian crisis. Food shortages, skyrocketing inflation and a plummeting currency are just a few issues that caused Venezuela to become a “Failing State.”
The country’s current poverty is due oil, the same thing that made it rich. Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, being the U.S. its biggest customer. Former President Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013, controlled oil profits.
Chavez allegedly used all the money in education, health care and employment, but all that spending left Venezuela in recession.
Posted with permission from Latin Times