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Venezuelan general calls on forces to rise against Maduro, controlled by the Cuban “communist dictatorship”

Monday, May 13th 2019 - 09:36 UTC
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Ramon Rangel, who identified himself as an air force general, said the Venezuelan government is being controlled by the “communist dictatorship” in Cuba Ramon Rangel, who identified himself as an air force general, said the Venezuelan government is being controlled by the “communist dictatorship” in Cuba

A Venezuelan general called on the country's armed forces on Sunday to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro, who has relied on the backing of the military to hold on to power despite an economic collapse.

Ramon Rangel, who identified himself as an air force general, said the Venezuelan government is being controlled by the “communist dictatorship” in Cuba - a key Maduro ally.

“We have to find a way to get rid of the fear, to go out into the streets, to protest, and to seek a military union to change this political system,” Rangel, dressed in a suit with a copy of the constitution in his hand, said in a video posted on YouTube. “It's time to rise up.”

While Rangel's pronouncement marks another blow to Maduro after a handful of similar defections by senior officers this year, there is little to indicate that he will tip the scales.

Officers who have disavowed Maduro have fled the country and the military top brass - most notably those who command troops - continues to recognize Maduro.

Air Force Commander Pedro Juliac posted a picture of Rangel on Twitter on Sunday with the words “traitor to the Venezuelan people and the revolution” printed across the image.

Rangel was an active military officer who fled to Colombia last month, according to a source close to Venezuela's military who asked not to be identified. He belonged to the original group of young military officers that supported Hugo Chavez coup attempt against then constitutional president Carlos Andres Perez.

Unlike other officers who have made similar pronouncements, Rangel did not voice support for Juan Guaido - the opposition leader who invoked the constitution in January to assume the interim presidency, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a fraud.

More than 50 nations, including the United States and most South American nations, call Guaido Venezuela's legitimate leader.

Guaido and a group of soldiers called on the armed forces on April 30 to turn on Maduro, but the military never joined and the uprising collapsed. The government called the event a coup attempt and accused a group of 10 opposition legislators of treason for joining rallies that day.

Venezuela is suffering a hyperinflationary collapse that has fuelled a migration exodus of some 3.5 million people in the past three years.

 

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  • DemonTree

    Controlled by Cuba, huh? That's a new one. Would this general prefer them to be controlled by a more northerly country?

    May 13th, 2019 - 02:55 pm 0
  • Enrique Massot

    In Latin America, Cuba is code for: “We have to throw out this government.”

    Conversely, having a Latin American country's military trained by the US on methods to make prisoners spill the beans is “just the way things are.”

    Obviously, after two coup attempts, the US are now foaming at the mouth and wondering what the hell is going on with Venezuela. They are used to do what they want by crushing anyone standing on the way, especially after virtually strangling the country's economy just like they did with Cuba decades ago.

    Donald is going to throw a tantrum.

    May 13th, 2019 - 04:06 pm 0
  • :o))

    @Enrique Massot

    REF: Donald is going to throw a tantrum.

    Due to the strong presence of Russia, China [silent], Cuba and who knows/cares who else in Venezuela; The Duck must feel like a eunuch biting its knuckles!

    May 14th, 2019 - 07:48 am 0
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