[Marxism] Video Confirms Assassination Attempt Against President Chávez

Fred Fuentes fred.fuentes at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 10:15:28 MDT 2009

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From: Eva Golinger
Date: Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM
Subject: EXCLUSIVE! Video Confirms Assassination Attempt Against President
To: Alex Rivera <alex at alexrivera.com>, Anthony Fenton <fentona at shaw.ca>

 AL JAZEERA EXCLUSIVE: Colombian Paramilitary Confirms Assassination Plan
Against President Chávez, Contracted by Opposition Leader Manuel Rosales
Por Eva Golinger

During a recent news segment, Al Jazeera aired a video obtained from inside
Colombia of the interview conducted by police investigators of incarcerated
Colombian paramilitary assassin Geovanny Velasquéz Zambrano. During the
interview, obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera, the Colombian paramilitary
confirmed that a "wealthy Venezuelan politician" named Manuel Rosales,
offered him $25 million to assassinate President Chávez by any means. The
conversation with Rosales took place at a secret meeting in 1999 with
several Colombian paramilitary leaders. Rosales said that he personally
would be in charge of the plan to assassinate President Chávez, though the
money would come from several sources. The Colombian paramilitary forces
involved in the assassination attempt first went for training in Catamumbo,
on the border with Venezuela.  But in 2004, approximately 100 Colombian
paramilitary forces were detained in a farm outside of Caracas belonging to
an opposition leader, Robert Alonso, who has often called for the violent
overthrow of the Chávez administration. The Colombians were detained and
accused of a plot to assassinate the President. They were found with
military uniforms, weapons and sufficient ammunition to cause serious damage
in the country. Robert Alonso, a Cuban-Venezuelan and brother of the famous
actress Maria Conchita Alonso, fled in exile to Miami, where he has remained
ever since, continuing to plot violently against President Chávez.

On the video aired by Al Jazeera, the Colombian paramilitary confirms that
currently there are around 2500 Colombian paramilitary forces inside
Venezuela with the objective of assassinating President Chávez and
destabilizing the country.

Although assassination attempts against President Chávez have been denounced
on several occasions, the international press and Venezuelan opposition have
largely ridiculed such claims. Nevertheless, the presence of Colombian
paramilitary members inside Venezuela is largely well known. This new
revelation, from the mouth of one of the participants, confirms what
Venezuela has been denouncing for some time: Colombia has been infiltrating
paramilitary forces into the country to destabilize, from the inside, and
assassinate the President, when and where possible. This information also
confirms that Manuel Rosales did not flee Venezuela and request political
asylum in Peru because he was facing corruption charges, but rather because
he feared the truth would come out one day about his participation in a plot
to assassinate the President. With this information, the Venezuelan
government has the right to request Rosales' extradition from Peru, since
political asylum cannot be granted to criminals.

See the original Al Jazeera segment here:

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