[Marxism] [com-news] Chavez on arrest on 56 Colombian paramilitaries in Ven. army uniforms

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Mon May 10 02:01:24 MDT 2004

Venezuela's Electronic News -- http://www.vheadline.com

President Hugo Chavez Frias: Today's capture of Colombian paramilitaries
is a blow against opposition terrorism

VENPRES' Carmen Ostia Pulgar reports: "The capture of 56 Colombian
paramilitaries in Sabaneta, Baruta (Miranda) is a very important blow
against terrorism, coups, and violence in the entire world," said
President Hugo Chavez Frias during his weekly TV program, "Alo

Just a few hours after this group of presumed imported Colombian
terrorists was apprehended, the Head of State questioned the silence of
the private media, and their twisting of the facts with respect to
information released about these events. According to Chavez, this is a
part of the "blind elite's" strategy to implement their plans. He warned
that despite the attempts of the opposition to inundate Venezuela with
violence, they will not succeed.
The President's message was transmitted in a simultaneous broadcast on
all radio and TV channels because none of the private channels (with the
exception of Globovision, which retransmitted VTV's signal at certain
moments) transmitted what happened this morning.

For the last three months, the intelligence agencies conducted an
investigation which, this morning between 2:30 and 3:00 a.m., resulted
in the capture of an important Colombian paramilitary leader. The
operation continued, and "before the sun rose, our patriotic men and
women had captured 53 paramilitaries (now 56), all Colombians, dressed
in Venezuelan military uniforms, with military haircuts, white and
tricolor armbands (Venezuelan colors)," detailed President Chavez.
"The captured foreign terrorist agents were found in a building
belonging to Cuban Robert Alonso, known anti-Castro activist. We're
talking about the Cuban counterrevolution passing through North (as in
Miami), South, and Central America."

Alonso was nicknamed "The Corporal" and was one of the brains behind
"Plan Guarimba," a violent far-right opposition strategy that was
executed in communities and arterial highways in East Caracas from
February 27 (when the G-15 Summit convened in the capital city) until
March 3. 

"(Alonso) is closely associated with the so-called Democratic
Coordinator (CD), and he was recently on the Globovision program, Grade
33," Chavez added.

According to security agency estimates, 130 Colombian paramilitaries
entered Venezuela clandestinely. The President said that he gave the
order to capture them by any means necessary in the shortest possible
Chavez recognized the work done by the State Security & Political
(DISIP) police, led by Corporal Miguel Rodriguez Torres; the Ministry of
Interior & Justice (MIJ) headed by Lucas Rincon Romero; the National
Guard; the Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM); the Ministry of
Defense; and the Scientific, Penal & Criminal Investigations Corps

Translated by Philip Stinard

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