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Venezuela Regime Buys Anti-Personnel Mines With Plans to Arm One Million Untrained Civilians

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - May 17, 2017, 4:33 pm
Venezuela Regime Buys Anti-Personnel Mines With Plans to Arm One Million Untrained Civilians
Capriles denounced that the Bolivarian National Guard will supply both vests and weapons for armed groups of civilians “to contain protests” from this Wednesday May 17 onward. (La Voz)

EspañolVenezuela’s Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Radonski spoke out this week against President Nicolas Maduro’s alleged purchase of “antipersonnel mines” that would increase repression of protests.

Capriles said Maduro is implementing a plan called the “Book Operation” with the country’s military, which would approve a purchase of the equipment and in turn allow for an increase in repression of anti-dictatorship protests.

Capriles said the Bolivarian National Guard will supply armed groups with both vests and weapons starting this Wednesday, May 17 in order to “to contain demonstrations.”

He called it “Phase Two of the Zamora Plan,” which will be implemented in each state across the country.

According to Capriles, “Phase Three” of the plan can be described as a “civil war.”

Following these statements, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez announced the second phase of the Zamora Plan and the transfer of more than 2,000 military and 600 special-operation troops to the state of Tachira.

Last Monday, April 18, President Maduro started the first (or “green”) phase of Plan Zamora “to defeat the coup.”

At that time, Maduro claimed there was aggression against his office led by the United States’ Department of State, which was also linked to opposition leaders — mainly National Assembly President Julio Borges.

 

Armed civilians

On April 17, Maduro announced that he wanted to defend Chavez’s legacy and the revolution by delivering weapons to more than one million civilians that are part of the Venezuela militia.

The country’s militia is composed of Venezuelan civilians created by Hugo Chávez in 2007, and which are supposed to serve as a complement to the Bolivarian National Armed Force.

That is not the first time that Maduro has said he would be arming Venezuelan civilians without military experience to fulfill his goal of defending Chavez’s legacy.

On January 17, the president said he was preparing a “secret weapon of war” in Venezuela.

Sources: NTN 24

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Russia Offers to Fund Cuban Capitol Reconstruction

By: Karina Martín - May 17, 2017, 4:15 pm
Russia Funds Cuban Capitol

A Russia state-owned company has put in a bid to restore the gold layer of the dome of the Capitol Building of Havana, Cuba. The company Goszagransobstvennost, under the control of Russian President Vladimir Putin's Management Office, will start the bidding process for the project, with a budget limit initially set at 20 million rubles (USD $ 354,000). Read More: Russian Government to Help Cuba Modernize its Defense Industry Read More: Russia Hints at Reopening Military Bases in Cuba, Vietnam The winner of the project must present both structural and aesthetic plans. According to the president of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, Cuban parliamentarians requested help in assessing the logistics of the project. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The Russian federal budget will finance the project. Next June, the winner of the bidding will be announced publicly. By 2016, Putin's Management Directorate had already commissioned 2.4 million rubles (USD $42,500) to perform architectural surveys on the building. The National Capitol of Havana was built in 1929 by the then Cuban President Gerardo Machado, and was created as the headquarters of Cuba's bicameral legislature. The Capitol is currently one of the most visited tourist attractions in Havana, and is named by some experts as one of the six most significant palaces in the world. The Soviet Union and Cuba enjoyed a close relationship for decades as strategic Cold War allies, as the Moscow regime propped up the Communist island nation by paying generous, above-market prices for its sugar exports. Following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian government found itself focused on domestic measures, to the detriment of his former geopolitical influence. However, during the tenure of Vladimir Putin, Russia has increasingly sought to increase its influence in the region, pursuing close relationships with Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, in particular. Putin recently sent a tanker filled with 250,000 gallons of petroleum products, to help prop up the Caribbean nation in the wake of Venezuela's collapse. Sources: Cubanet; Cibercuba; Cubadebate

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