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#31
https://twitter.com/lumworld/status/1097980674961825793
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#32
Venezuelan soldiers to guard border ahead of aid entry, minister says

news.trust.org

(Adds comments from Guaido and Chilean president, closing of maritime border)
CARACAS, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country's borders to prevent territorial violations, the defense minister said on Tuesday, ahead of the opposition's plan to bring in humanitarian aid to alleviate an economic crisis.
President Nicolas Maduro has rejected offers of foreign food and medicine, denying there are widespread shortages and accusing opposition leader Juan Guaido of using aid to undermine his government in a U.S.-orchestrated bid to oust him.
Guaido has said that aid will enter Venezuela from neighboring countries by land and sea on Saturday. The United States has sent tons of aid to Colombia's border with Venezuela, but Maduro has refused to let it in.
In comments broadcast on state TV, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the opposition would have to pass over "our dead bodies" to impose a new government. Guaido, who has invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, denounces Maduro as illegitimate and has received backing from some 50 countries.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to Maduro that they would "find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out."
"You'll lose everything," Trump told a crowd of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami.
Guaido has beseeched the armed forces to disavow Maduro, promising them future amnesty, though only a few officers have so far done so.
Padrino said it was unacceptable for the military to receive threats from Trump, and said officers and soldiers remained "obedient and subordinate" to Maduro.
"They will never accept orders from any foreign government ... they will remain deployed and alert along the borders, as our commander in chief has ordered, to avoid any violations of our territory's integrity," Padrino said.
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#33
Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies intervention

By Nelson Acosta and Marc Frank
HAVANA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Cuba denied on Tuesday it has security forces in Venezuela and charged the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign of lies paving the way for military intervention in the South American country.
U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the administration have charged that Cuba's security forces and military control Venezuela's and that troops are also on the ground there.
"Our government categorically and energetically rejects this slander," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said at a Havana press conference, adding all of the some 20,000 Cubans in Venezuela were civilians, most health professionals.
Rodriguez called on the U.S. administration to produce proof.
"There is a big political and communications campaign underway which are usually the prelude to larger actions by this government," Rodriguez said.
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.
The Trump administration has been trying to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down and hand over power to Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's National Assembly.
Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to assume the presidency a month ago, arguing that Maduro's re-election last year was a sham.
The United States immediately recognized Guaido as interim president. Since then many of Venezuela's neighbors and most Western countries have followed suit.
Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions, including the security services.

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President Trump, speaking in Miami on Monday, warned the Venezuelan military to let the aid in or face dire consequences.

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#34
Venezuela army on 'alert' for border violations, backs Maduro

Venezuela's military reaffirmed its support for embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday and said they were on "alert" for border violations following threats by US President Donald Trump who urged them to back opposition leader Juan Guaido.
"The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders ... to avoid any violations of territorial integrity," said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, reading out a statement in a public appearance alongside top commanders.
"We reiterate unrestrictedly our obedience, subordination and loyalty" to Maduro, he added.
Maduro, 56, faces calls to quit as his country struggles with shortages of food and medicine.


The military high command has so far maintained its public backing for Maduro -- seen as key to keeping him in power.
Guaido, leader of the Venezuelan legislature, has declared himself acting president and is appealing to military leaders to switch allegiance to him.
He posted a series of tweets calling by name on senior military leaders commanding border posts to abandon Maduro, whom he has branded illegitimate over the socialist leader's disputed reelection last year.
He is backed by the United States and some 50 other countries.

https://www.france24.com/en/20190220-ven...aido-trump
"We were in the jungle, there were too many of us, we had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane."

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#35
https://twitter.com/TVVnoticias/status/1...1691233281

https://twitter.com/GDarkconrad/status/1...7394342912

https://twitter.com/ConflictsW/status/10...1836073985
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#36
https://twitter.com/ReutersVzla/status/1...7011187712
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#37
https://twitter.com/lumworld/status/1098194852888698880
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#38
(02-20-2019, 12:31 AM)MaximalGravity Wrote: President Trump, speaking in Miami on Monday, warned the Venezuelan military to let the aid in or face dire consequences.

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In other words, the US is preparing a False Flag in Venezuela. The “humanitarian aid” probably consists of weapons for the opposition, Abrams used the same ploy in Nicaragua in 1986:

Quote:Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams has defended his role in authorizing the shipment of weapons on a humanitarian aid flight to Nicaraguan rebels, saying the operation was ''strictly by the book.''

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/17/world...ntras.html

Quote:Today we allow ourselves to alert everyone, through these lines, to alert of the possible actions to expect next Saturday 23rd of February of 2019, aimed at generating a “False Flag” Operation, with the purpose of justifying an eventual armed incursion into Venezuelan territory. This information has been gathered through social intelligence sources, hoping that the organs to which it corresponds will act accordingly.

http://thesaker.is/alert-this-would-be-t...y-23-2019/
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#39
Maduro's Soldiers Have Begun Disobeying Orders, Rubio Says

Patricia Laya
,Bloomberg•February 20, 2019

Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan troops have begun disobeying orders from Nicolas Maduro’s top officers and are unlikely to heed calls to crack down on a humanitarian-aid caravan scheduled to enter the country this weekend, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said.
“Saturday’s a day when we’re going to find a lot about the Maduro regime,” Rubio, who’s been helping set U.S. policy toward Venezuela, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “I have reason to believe that rank-and-file military are not going to violently suppress aid workers.”
Juan Guaido, the National Assembly leader battling Maduro as legitimate head of the country, has been pushing aggressively for soldiers and generals alike to recognize him as president, something the U.S. and more than 30 other countries have done. While only one general and two colonels -- among thousands of top officers -- have broken ranks in the past weeks, Rubio says Maduro’s grip is loosening.
“There’s already significant resistance” among the troops, he said, adding that high-ranking personnel have doubts about “whether the people under their command are going to do what they’re asking them to do.”
Following Guaido’s lead, thousands of volunteers have organized to escort relief caravans expected to enter Venezuela from Colombia on Feb. 23, carrying food and medicine that’s been piling up on the border for days. Maduro has ordered his security forces to barricade the entry points, contending the shipments are meant to humiliate and undermine him and serve as a pretext by President Donald Trump to invade his country.
In a speech in Miami earlier this week, Trump called on Venezuela’s troops to stop blocking the supplies. His administration has moved swiftly to try to shore up Guaido’s government-in-waiting but is struggling to move promised aid into the country while Maduro controls the military. “We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open,” Trump warned.
Rubio traveled to the Colombia-Venezuela border on Feb. 17 after a second U.S. supply shipment arrived to help alleviate the growing crisis. Traditional aid groups have shunned the effort as a political ploy, but Guaido is counting on the U.S.-backed initiative to persuade his country’s military to recognize him and create an opening for desperately needed relief.
Florida, which Rubio has served as a U.S. senator since 2011, is a swing state where the Latino vote includes Venezuelan expats and is a key bloc.

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https://news.yahoo.com/maduro-apos-soldi...38041.html
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#40
Quote:‘Willing Pawns in Trump-Orchestrated Coup’: CODEPINK Disrupts Venezuela’s Illegitimate ‘US Ambassador’

CODEPINK activists disrupted an event with the right-wing Venezuelan coup regime’s “US ambassador” Carlos Vecchio, denouncing him for seeking “a path of civil war and US intervention”

https://grayzoneproject.com/2019/02/21/p...mbassador/
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