25 February 2019 — Countercurrents.org
- Rogue elements attack Brazil-Venezuela border
- Violence on the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela
- US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck
- Violent opposition elements throw Molotov cocktails at Venezuelan Forces
- For now, the Venezuelan border is calm
- Venezuela denounces intensification of U.S. aggressive policy
- US Senator Rubio’s threat to Maduro
- Guaido supporters heckle journalist
By spilling blood and organizing violent acts on the Venezuela-Brazil and Venezuela-Colombia borders, the imperialists are continuing with their plan for military intervention in Venezuela. However, the incidents of violence organized by the interventionists are getting exposed.
Media reports said:
Venezuelan law enforcement members were forced to return the rogue attacks with teargas canisters along the Brazilian border.
Conflict along the Venezuela-Brazil border in the city of Santa Elena de Uairen has been controlled, Francisco Jose Ameliach Orta, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, reported Sunday.
Disturbances erupted along the Venezuela-Brazil border Sunday morning after a group of people began throwing stones and burning tires dangerously near a Venezuelan state oil station, triggering a swift response from state authorities.
Around 9:30 a.m., Venezuelan law enforcement were forced to return the rogue attacks with teargas canisters while Brazilian authorities intervened, pushing the protesters away from the border.
“Brazilian police authorities created a barrier and did not allow Venezuelan opposition groups to approach the boundary between the two countries on the Brazilian side,” a journalist tweeted, adding that only health emergencies were permitted to cross the border Sunday morning.
“A few minutes ago, after a group threw stones and burned tires near the petrol station of PDVSA on the Venezuelan side, the Venezuelan guard responded with teargas. This happened recently on the border of Brazil with Venezuela.”
Colombian forces looked the other way as violent Venezuelan persons, or ‘Guarimberos’, threw homemade Molotov cocktails at Venezuela’s National Guard and ran over two women in the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) vehicles.
In a statement Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez, revealed that the perpetrators are in custody and investigators believe that the attack may have been premeditated.
Rodriguez said, “Colombia is a country that is an expert in false positives, we will show the tests. There was no intention of bringing humanitarian aid, what they were trying to do was aggression against a country that defends its sovereignty.”
“The intention of the opposition was to kill the people who daily transit between the border of Venezuela and Colombia. Everything that happened was on the Colombian side with the complicity of the police and the government of Ivan Duque, there are pictures of the “guarimberos” next to the police,” he said.
US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck
As Washington and Caracas blame each other for torching a truck carrying what the US called vital “humanitarian supplies” from Colombia to Venezuela, a video has emerged that finally shed light on the incident.
The truck caught fire and burned down during a failed attempt on Saturday by US-backed opposition activists to breach the closed Colombia-Venezuela border crossing at the Francisco de Paula Santander Bridge, near the Venezuelan city of Urena. The Venezuelan government refuses to let the U.S. cargo in, calling these “humanitarian” convoys a propaganda stunt and a precursor to a military invasion.
Photos of the incident were immediately used by US officials to increase their propaganda with calls for regime change in Caracas. But footage that has surfaced on social media tells a strikingly different story, pinning the blame on ‘activists’ in the crowd.
One clip appears to have caught the moment a man on the Colombian side of the border pelted a Molotov cocktail at the truck. Another video from the scene showed the opposition activists openly preparing the incendiary devices. Border security guards can be seen patiently holding their line at a distance, casting further doubts on claims that the truck was seized and torched after it had crossed into Venezuela.
Violent elements throw Molotov cocktails at Venezuelan Forces
Guarimberos from Colombia also threw Molotov cocktails at the Venezuelan National Guards as Colombian forces looked the other way.
The violent elements tried to cross from Colombia into Venezuela in order to attack the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) and the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) protecting Venezuela’s border.
The Guarimberos used a similar tactic Saturday torching trucks parked in Venezuela trying to incriminate Venezuelan security forces.
“On the other side (of Venezuela, opposition legislator) Jose Manuel Olivares and Colombians and Venezuelans were aggressive toward Venezuela with the complicity of the Colombian national police as they attacked the fences at the Tachira River trying to enter Venezuela,” said government spokesperson, Freddy Bernal
The Venezuelan administration closed the passage completely at the Simon Bolivar bridge, alleging “serious and illegal threats attempted by the Government of Colombia against the peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.”
Local authorities in the state of Tachira in Venezuela denounced the Colombian government of President Ivan Duque for damaging peace in Venezuela and complying with the orders given by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Duque is trying to damage the peace of Venezuela and is attacking” a sister nation, despite this “we are still here calmly and peacefully,” said the Tachira official Saturday.
Who are the Guarimberos?
Guarimberos are often young, poor and male, and have been used over the past several years by the opposition to destroy infrastructure and act violently against the Chavez and Maduro administrations.
Border returns to calm after intense day
A Xinhua report said: Venezuela’s border with Colombia was calm on Sunday, after an intense day over the attempted delivery of unauthorized foreign aid, a top official said.
Another news agency report said:
The Brazilian National Public Security Force has expanded the security cordon in the border area with Venezuela to alleviate tensions following recent clashes on February 25.
In the early hours of 24 February, a group of activists supporting the Venezuelan opposition in Brazil had attacked the border checkpoint near the Brazilian city of Pacaraima, setting a Venezuelan National Guard vehicle on fire. The attackers also threw sticks and stones at Venezuelan soldiers, who responded with tear gas.
Some of the tear gas grenades landed behind Brazil’s borders, which prompted Brazilian troops to expand the security cordon by another 100 meters from the border. They then managed to push the crowd back from the Venezuelan border and thereby avoid new incidents.
On February 24, no new attempts were made to deliver “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela to Brazil after media reported that two trucks carrying 8 tons of “humanitarian aid” had arrived in Pacaraima on Venezuela’s border the previous day
Diosdado Cabello, vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela, reported “absolute calm” from the border region during a flyover.
“Reviewing the Venezuelan border. Absolute calm, peace and tranquility,” Cabello said in an aircraft flying over Tachira state.
The truth of border violence
On Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez revealed the truth of the violence on the Simon Bolivar-Venezuela Bridge. His revelations show the falsification of reports by mainstream media related to Saturday’s violence.
Jorge Rodriguez has claimed that the opposition was planning to kill people crossing the Simon Bolivar Bridge after receiving “aid” across the border between Venezuela and Colombia.
“The first false-positive [fabricated] operation planned the theft of a tank by two terrorists. It was planned to use that stolen military vehicle to cross the Simon Bolivar Bridge, hitting all pedestrians along the way and trampling them to death, and then blaming the National Guard and the government of Nicolas Maduro”, the minister said at a press conference in Caracas.
“We have to denounce to the world the immense and powerful operation of false flags attacking Venezuela,” stated the Bolivarian politician.
Rodriguez revealed videos made from the protests which evidently shows that the burning of the two vehicles, which the mainstream media blamed on members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), which occurred on the Colombian side, but was in fact caused by Molotov cocktails thrown by opposition youths, or Guarimbas.
He also stated that two of the people who carried out violent acts in the border are already in custody. Investigators are also saying there are indicators showing the incident may have been premeditated.
“There was no intention of bringing humanitarian aid, it was the aggression of a foreign country against another country that has not done anything to that country”, said the minister.
“Colombia is a country that is expert in false positives, we will show the tests. There was no intention of bringing humanitarian aid, what they were trying to do was an aggression against a country that defends its sovereignty,” he said.
The minister also shared records showing how two armored vehicles taken by deserters who hijacked the GNB vehicles, attacked people present on the bridge, running over two women, a National Guard official and a Chilean photojournalist, Nicole Kramm, and then crossed to the Colombian side.
The minister asked, “If it was true that they wanted humanitarian aid, why was the first thing to run over people with the armored vehicles?
“The intention of the opposition was to kill the people who daily transit between the border of Venezuela and Colombia. Everything that happened was on the Colombian side with the complicity of the police and the government of Ivan Duque; there are pictures of the policemen next to the police,” he said.
“Guaido is a false flag himself,” said Rodriguez.
“In face of everything that they had planned, it is truly very commendable that Venezuela has dawned in peace today Sunday, Feb. 24,” he said.
Venezuela denounces intensification of U.S. aggressive policy
Delcy Rodriguez, Executive Vice President of Venezuela, denounced the continuity and intensification of the hostile policy of the United States against the South American nation in order to overthrow its government.
The Vice President asserted that the aggressive actions promoted by Washington are part of a plan made since the assumption of power of the revolutionary process. “What we know today has been ‘cooking’ by Washington in complicity with sectors of Venezuelan opposition, which this week generated violent incidents in the border with Colombia, using humanitarian aid as pretext.”
In 2015, the then U.S. president, Barack Obama issued a decree considering Venezuela a threat for the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Since then we knew the danger that situation entailed’, detailed the Executive Vice President.
She recalled the recent publication of a book written by a former official of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) who rendered testimony about a secret meeting in which Donald Trump expressed his intentions of making war on the South American nation for its great oil reserves and geographical position.
Meanwhile, in the border with Colombia, the protector of the State of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, says the forces deployed by Venezuela in the Colombian border, will remain there.
He reported that under the bridges Simon Bolivar and Santander, criminal elements made incendiary bombs – known as Molotov cocktails – under the accomplice look of the Colombian Police and Army, showing the complicity of the Colombian government in the aggression on Venezuela.
In order to make Venezuelan forces responsible for repressive actions in the border, violent elements set fire to a truck that carried boxes of the so-called humanitarian aid at the Colombian side of the bridge Francisco de Paula Santander.
US Senator Rubio tweets picture of Gaddafi’s murder as a threat to Maduro
US Senator Marco Rubio has posted a picture of the brutal murder of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a less-than-subtle threat to Venezuela’s Maduro. Twitter blasted Rubio as a manic warmonger… who has extremely poor taste.
The two pictures – one showing Gaddafi while still in power, the other showing the Libyan leader being tortured minutes before his brutal murder – were posted by Sen. Rubio (R-FL) on Twitter without any caption. Yet, given his open calls for an armed insurrection in the Latin American country to depose President Nicolas Maduro, the message was clear.
Openly threatening a head of a foreign country with a brutal death at the hands of US-propped militants was, apparently, just a tiny bit off: while a few Twitteratti supported Rubio’s vision of Maduro’s demise, the majority blasted the senator over an extreme lack of taste or decency.
Rubio’s message was quickly taken as a threat against Maduro, who the senator has openly criticized on numerous occasions while endorsing a U.S. militarized intervention in the South American nation in spite of international condemnation.
Some argued that any account spewing warmongering propaganda at such a rate would likely be suspended.
“Marco Rubio just posted a violent, graphic death threat. If any of the rest of us posted this, we’d be suspended for it,” journalist Bill Palmer tweeted.
Many noted that Libya is not the best example of the US bringing its democracy overseas, but arguably the worst one. With the slave trade there on the rise, the country is effectively fractured into several warring statelets, with gangs of armed ‘democrats’ fighting for control.
Apart from the pictures of Gaddafi, Rubio posted a similar split of Manuel Noriega – the de facto ruler of Panama in the 1980s. Once a valuable CIA asset who’d helped Washington in arming the Contras of Nicaragua, Noriega was ousted during the US invasion of the country. The invasion claimed many lives, while Noriega spent the rest of his life in prison.
The scantily veiled death threat directed at Venezuelan President Maduro by U.S. Congressman Rubio has triggered harsh criticism from across the web Sunday.
The reaction online was immediate, with Twitter users rejecting President Donald Trump’s right-hand man and his message as “ignorant,” “sadist,” and “bloodthirsty.”
US-backed activists heckle journalist
Supporters of the US-backed self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ of Venezuela on Saturday booed and harassed a journalist who dared to claim the opposition represents a “minority.”
Protests and scuffles at Venezuelan border crossings took center stage in the news on Saturday. But views challenging the mainstream media narrative were not so welcome by the opposition, which is claiming to represent the values of democracy.
A reporter working for Spanish Channel Five News (Telecincoes) was heckled after she allegedly said that supporters of US-led Guaido represent a “minority.” Video footage of the incident shared by US-based journalist Anya Parampil showed the crowd getting extremely agitated, forcing the reporter to abandon her live coverage.
The same day, a camerawoman working for a media outlet affiliated with RT was injured at the Colombian-Venezuela border when three border guard deserters ran hijacked armored carriers through a crowd at the Colombian side of Simon Bolivar Bridge, injuring a number of people.