2004-01-30 18:22:07 UTC
Radical Muslims from Iran to Palestine
Radical Taliban to Iraq, and
The new blend of communists trianed in forbidden lands as agents and
America's enemy within into the United States of God bless America.
1) 11,530 Cubans
Sound evidence of the massive entry of Cubans to Venezuela was first
submitted on November 9. An investigation revealed that between
September 26 and October 27, a total of 11,530 Cubans arrived in the
country, a figured supported by copies of the forms that each traveler
coming to Venezuela has to fill. These special "tourists" -all of them
are physicians stating that their residence is the Cuban Embassy- have
entered into the country through the privileged military ramp No. 4 of
Caracas' International Maiquetía Airport. This exclusive information
published by El Universal was the result of a coordinated task
performed by congressman Pedro Castillo (opposition MAS party)
responding to a series of claims by airport officials, who reported up
to three daily flights from Havana.
2) They want to kill me
Following suit of Fidel Castro -his ideological father? - Venezuelan
President Hugo Chávez frequently uses rushed, groundless accusations
of alleged attempts of assassination against him, all of them aborted
by the "intelligence" agents of the State. In fact, the attempts seem
to be prepared to insult the intelligence of Venezuelans. At least 30
of these plans supposedly aimed at killing Chávez have been loudly
vociferated. But nothing has happened, nobody has been prosecuted, and
the fault has been distributed among the "fascist, coup-plotter,
terrorist opposition; the wicked CIA; the Yankee imperialism; a worm
from the AD party that bit the President; former president Carlos
Andrés Pérez; and more recently the demonised deserter military
officers that caused a mess in Plaza Altamira, eastern Caracas.
In the paranoid imagination, there are plenty of memorial dates -such
as July 5, Venezuela´s Independence Day- as well as plenty of heroes
and evils: Pérez is the great capo and Fidel is the savior who alerts
Chávez to anything on time and sends his boys to protect the life of
his main oil supplier. The manipulation of these outlandish claims -
let us just mention the bazooka against the presidential airplane -
has permitted to sell a hemispheric image of a new Salvador Allende
or, even more, the heir of Colombian leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán.
3. The April 11, 2002, battle
Death -riding from Llaguno bridge on glock guns- did not respond to an
improvised plan, but to a well-planned strategy, with unmistakable
roles and trained gunmen. A group of experts on criminal law, under
the coordination of NGO Agenda Nacional de Seguridad, performed a
detailed study on the event. The evidence collected shows that most of
the 67 gunmen involved in the April 11, 2002, slaughter had links with
governmental agencies or activist groups convoked to "defend the
The most outstanding case is that of a member of the Popular
Liberation Army, who was in the pro-government faction and died during
the clash on Llaguno bridge. He had a file in Colombia's
Administrative Security Department, DAS, and five false identities. He
was better known as Luis Alfonso Monsalve Ruiz. He was with pro-Chávez
activists on April 11, 2002, when he was shot to death just under the
bridge. No relative requested the body and was buried 10 months later
without a precise identification.
According to the study, the first shootings began after the
Metropolitan Police (PM) lifted its main barrier in front of El
Calvario, downtown Caracas, due to threats by Chavista motorcyclists
who were shooting into the air. The first clashes were produced at Av.
Baralt, four blocks from Llaguno bridge. The first three injured
people were rescued by the PM at 50 meters from the bridge. Two gunmen
were hidden behind a tree at three blocks to Llaguno bridge; other
four joined them from a newspaper stand. The gunmen shot from the
bridge exhibiting the training they had received. The Llaguno bridge
was the last bastion in the April 11 battle. According to the study,
most of the deaths occurred before the shooting from the bridge.
4. A massive attack in cold blood
Sound evidence gathered in an exhaustive study performed by NGO Agenda
Nacional de Seguridad (ANS) confirms what has been repeatedly said:
what happened on April 11, 2002, was a real ambush against a
demonstration called by the opposition. However, the gunmen are free
and other people were accused after a smart "turning to the tables" in
a court of Aragua state, closely linked to the government.
The report exclusively made public by El Universal on April 13, 2003,
shows that out of 67 pro-government gunmen involved, 32 are fully
identified thanks to photographs and videos analysed by the
independent organization. The access to the evidence collected at the
first moment by the Scientific and Criminal Investigation Force
(Cicpc) shows that different types of weapons were used: FAL rifles
belonging to the Venezuelan Armed Forces, 9 mm guns, 380 automatic
guns, MP5 submachine guns and .38-caliber and .357-caliber revolvers,
among others. A total of 974 projectiles were collected both in the
place and bodies shot. 20 people died and 114 were injured. The fatal
victims include 11 Chávez supporters, seven opposition members and two
passers-by. The analysis of the case leads ANS to conclude that the
attacks were part of a well-planned ambush.
5. An armed revolution
Hugo Chávez is insistently said to be executing a plan to destroy
Venezuela's Armed Forces. However, this statement is incomplete. What
he is trying to do is to get rid of the sector of the military that
does not support him blindly.
More than a thousand military officers were separated from their jobs
between 2001 and 2003. Chávez' objective at systematically cleaning up
the military is to be able to control all the infantry battalions and
centralize all communications.
His strategy to capriciously manipulate the Armed Forces is divided in
three parts. The first is to expel the officers that feel some
affinity with the pre-Chávez "Fourth Republic" style of democracy.
From 2001 to 2003, over a thousand officers and all the infantry
battalions have been dispersed and all communications centralized.
The second part of the plan encompasses a profound reshuffle of the
Armed Forces, simplifying the command structure and placing loyal
officers along the entire command line.
The third part is to eliminate the influence of the United States as
the main trainer and arm supplier of the Venezuelan Armed Forces,
approaching governments that are less critical of the Chávez regime.
With this strategy, Chávez has created an easily submissive military
staff, which he satisfies economically in exchange for gratefulness
and loyalty to his revolution.
6. Occupied land
Last year was marked by the frontal attack against the cattle raising
industry, especially in the homeland of President Hugo Chávez' family.
El Universal traveled to Barinas state and investigated the struggle
orchestrated against the region's livestock producers, who have lost
considerable investments while institutions fail to protect their
rights. However, the "land reform," exclusively applied by the
National Land Institute (INTI), has skipped the biggest landowner of
the country -the State. Only big lots of private productive lands seem
to be subject to reform.
The image of dead cows in the Hato Viejo estate, published on April
27, 2003 is an evidence of the situation. Hidden behind questionable,
INTI-issued "agrarian charts," organized groups freely break into
private estates, setting fire to plantations, occupying properties,
cornering the cattle to reduced spaces, and using violence against the
owners. And they do all this protected by uniformed national guardsmen
and army officers.
INTI argues that the occupations are valid, but the owners of a
hundred estates in Barinas have reported that no legal process has
been followed and their documents and legal arguments have been
ignored. INTI seems to be free to break the Land Law.
In addition, unscrupulous people are profiting from the legitimate
aspiration of true peasants of the area to make money with other
7. The Royal Family
Barinas is now an ocean of rumors and unrest. This southwestern state
of Venezuela is ruled by Hugo de los Reyes Chávez, father of the
President. Last year, the state's Legislative Assembly has denied its
approval to Chávez senior's annual report on his stewardship as
governor. Our second visit to Barinas was intended to find out about
the mountain of comments provoked by the behavior and dealings of the
The estate of Governor Chávez, the properties of the President's
brother Argenis, the wicked moves behind political power, the inner
wars for more power are all elements of a story where reality and
fiction seem to merge. This is a region lashed by invasions, guerrilla
groups, extortion and abduction. All the residents of this land,
including those of Sabaneta, Chávez' village, have been able to notice
the multiplication of the wealth of the Royal Family, as they call it.
Street violence against the opposition started in late 2001. A study
of the civil association Agenda Nacional de Seguridad revealed that,
until mid 2003, there were 243 politically-motivated attacks, with 51
people dead, 792 wounded, 86 slightly injured, and an account of 68
bombs and 115 assaults and bomb threats. These figures, though, do not
include the 236 persons that were murdered by hired killers in rural
areas and invasion-related violence on productive estates.
The NGO's study on political violence reveals several objectives shown
in documents of the Council of the Revolution. The first of them is
the elimination of the so-called "land oligarchy" through the
implementation of the new Law of Lands. The execution of this plan
started in mid 2001, and has resulted in hundreds of dead and injured
people and destroyed properties. Murder, extortion and abduction
practiced by armed groups have helped a lot complicate the situation.
The other part of the strategy was the confrontation with the most
powerful sectors of the country - the Church, independent labor
unions, big companies, communication media, and universities. This
brought about explosions against the major labor union of the country,
the Venezuelan Workers Confederation (CTV); the leading business
association, Fedecámaras; and the National Assembly. The M-28 student
movement went to the extreme of besieging the office of the rector of
the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) with C-4 explosive material
and tear gas grenades.
Political violence is part of the strategy that Hugo Chávez' has
developed in the last five years to keep power. Since he announced in
1998 that he would take power "no matter how," his actions have
pointed to creating an armed conflict, even with the participation of
untrained civilians. The dangers involved in indiscriminately arming
the population are evident in that all government officials have up to
As part of this violence-generating strategy, the regime has been
distributing machine guns, tear gas bombs, paralyzing gases, wallet
proof jackets and grenades that it imports from places as Israel and
Croatia. Socialist deputy Pedro Castillo has showed evidences of the
irregularities committed by pro-Chávez state and municipal officials.
He has exposed companies that appear to work in the construction
industry but actually import weapons for, as Castillo has put it,
"paramilitary groups within the strategic defense plan of the
revolution." A border area group named Fuerza Bolivariana de
Liberación (Bolivarian Liberation Force, FBL) has ties with the
leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In Castillo's
account, this group includes militants from the Central University of
Venezuela (UCV) and the Caracas neighborhood 23 de Enero.
Castillo has also documented the dangerously emblematic case of 65
mini Uzi and 50 micro Uzi machine guns imported by the government of
Cojedes state. Of the 115 firearms, 55 disappeared in their way from
the port to a customs store in Montesano, Vargas state. The Cojedes
administration, with a population of only 300,000 inhabitants, also
issued an order to buy 5,000 tear gas projectiles, 5,000 tear gas
grenades and 1,600 units of paralyzing gas.
And this is just a short list of the irregularities committed within
the political violence plan of the government.
10. Cuban invasion
The Cuban citizens that work for President Hugo Chávez' regime arrive
in Venezuela with their own Venezuelan identity documents. In the
first quarter of 2003, at least 704 Cubans were naturalized and are
working in security activities, as captains or crew members of the
state oil firm Pdvsa's ships and refineries or in state institutions.
The Cuban intelligence service is operating in Venezuela under the
forms of three Cuban companies with experience in Afghanistan, El
Salvador and Guatemala. One of these firms, HCSM, is a drug importer
and serves as a center of field intelligence operations. The second is
Corporación Holguín, a software company operating in Margarita Island
that deals with hospital and school listings. And the third,
Laboratorio Latinoamericano de Protección, works in the software
industry in Caracas and manages State-related information.