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MAY 20,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO: THEY WANTED TO CHEAT US WITH A DIALOGUE IN OSLO, NORWAY

     CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -   The president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, led a rally on Saturday in the town of Guatire, Miranda state, from where he assured that the national government tries to "deceive" the Venezuelan opposition through the implementation of dialogue processes. The statements were offered when referring to the meetings held in Norway between representatives of the Executive and personalities not adept at the ruling party. In that regard, he said: "We went to the invitation of a country as we have done with the European Union and the Contact Group, we appreciate all the efforts but here we are clear and they will not confuse us". "Yes, we went there," he reiterated, however he stressed that "here there is nothing to engage, the whole country knows what it wants and needs, we do not confuse ourselves".

     "The time has come to do everything. To combine diplomatic pressure, protection of assets, international cooperation, the street and the exercise of the National Assembly. The time has come to move forward with Operation Freedom, "said the parliamentary leader. Guaidó was emphatic in stating that all the mechanisms to get out of the regime are being handled. "We are not in love with any mechanism, and do not confuse goals, goals, achievements, dreams with mechanisms to the cessation of the usurpation," he said. "Here the route has been clear and you know it," said the president in charge, recalling that the goal is to get Maduro out of power. He also highlighted the lack of support that Maduro currently has, pointing out that he is isolated and lacks popular support.

     "Other people shut themselves in there, not only now with the solitude in a palace, but they do not act as a government, they are called government in resistance, in resistance there is the people of Venezuela who do not have water, who do not have food", He added at the time that he expressed that Maduro is losing any kind of reasoning. "We will continue here until we achieve democracy in Venezuela," he said. He also reiterated his call to the Armed Forces to put themselves on the side of the Constitution. "We are not asking anything from the Armed Forces anymore, at this point we are demanding it." Guaidó questioned the position of the military. "What are you waiting for, to finish breaking everything?"

CARLOS VECCHIO WILL REFINE STRATEGIC PLANNING WITH THE US SOUTHERN COMMAND TO RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States Carlos Vecchio will meet on Monday May 20 with the head of the Southern Command of the United States, Admiral Craig Faller, to refine strategic and operational planning to alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people and restore the democracy. This meeting serves as an initiative by the president in charge Juan Guaidó that will allow to advance in the international cooperation required by Venezuela to achieve the objectives set on January 23 of cessation of usurpation, establish a transitional government, and finally, obtain free elections .

    Vecchio said in a letter to Faller in recent days that "conditions in Venezuela are worsening as a result of the corrupt, incompetent and illegitimate regime of the usurper Nicolás Maduro, which tragically has consequences for national security in Venezuela, as well as in the neighbor countries. Equally worrisome is the impact of the presence of uninvited foreign forces that put our country and others at risk. "

    A few days ago, the head of the command assigned to the Pentagon expressed his willingness to engage in a conversation with the government of Guaidó to address US support for the military of the Armed Forces who decide to side with the Venezuelan people to restore the constitutional order .

DESERTION OF GENERAL RAMON RANGEL IS THE KEY TO DESTROY THE CUBAN G-2 OPERATIONS  IN VENEZUELA

      WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- General Ramon Rangel haD deserted from Venezuela, and is prepared to offer key insights into the two decade long Cuban project to infiltrate and subvert Venezuela. The Military High Command of Venezuela is in turmoil after the unexpected pronouncement of the General Ramon Rangel, who decided to break with Nicolás Maduro, but, above all, with the Castro regime. The rise of this general is key to understanding the Cuban intelligence system that Chavismo has allowed to infiltrate the institutions of power in Venezuela. After the civilian-military uprising led by the interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, several soldiers bowed to the Constitution and decided to dissociate themselves from the dictatorship.

      However, Rangel’s pronouncement can be described as one of the most relevant because it comes from a body directly linked to the Cuban military corps that currently occupies the South American country. It is also a key with regarding to understanding how Cuban intelligence operates in Venezuela. In the video, published by the lawyer Rocío San Miguel, Rangel accuses Cuba of having killed Chávez to replace him with Maduro, and also called on the Venezuelan Armed Forces to adhere to Article 328, which states that the military should not be servile to a person or political bias. “The meaning of the pronouncement of the Division General Ramón Rangel is very important; he knows about the Caracas-Havana business plot, the secrets of the treatment of Chavez’s illness and death in Cuba, and the strategy that Chavismo is taking in its rupture with Maduro,” San Miguel said after publishing the video.

     “The intelligence system of Cuba must be in shock with the pronouncement of G/D Ramón Rangel,” he said through his Twitter account, Rocío San Miguel. In the video, Rangel blames the Castro dictatorship for what is happening in Venezuela: “I feel that, being in Cuba, I was not only subservient to a political bias, but also being subservient to Castroism, which has led us to what we have today as a result of this union between Cuba and Venezuela.” If the Cubans are dealt with, Maduro falls Rangel’s pronouncement could be key to unraveling the Cuban intelligence system in Venezuela if they are able to cooperate with international justice, since both he and retired General Hugo Carvajal know details of Cuban-Venezuelan maneuvers to perpetuate Maduro in power.

MAY 18,  2019

MESSAGE FROM MANUEL CHRISTOPHER FIGUERA AFTER THE ASSASSINATION OF MG JESUS GUERRA

     MIAMI, FLORIDA -   The former director of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin), Manuel Cristopher Figuera, sent a statement to all the soldiers and commanders, after learning of the death of Major General Jesus Alberto Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio de Los Altos in Miranda state. You who represent the moral reservoir of the institutionality of our Homeland; I let them know the indignation that the news of the death of the MY gave me. Jesús Alberto García Hernández, because I am sure that this fact is due to a selective and commissioned murder and they will see it as an isolated event, creating macabre stories around them. Because they knew how it is that this boy had handled sensitive information about the most frightening and aberrant corruption cases that were investigated during my tenure at SEBIN.

     Generals and Admirals, have you not yet realized in the rag that you have turned our beloved Homeland? Perhaps, they do not have information of those who are in front and of after the sacking of our Country? Do not you see the practical execution of state terrorism that Maduro uses to remain in the powerful? Tarek William Saab (Kabul), brother ... to you; to the Minister of Defense, the Commander of the CEOFANB and the Commanders of Components, I ask you to watch over my family that is in Venezuela. And let it be clear that I hold Nicolás Maduro Moros himself responsible for what could happen to them; let him know because such cowardice, abuse and terror will not go unpunished.

     My MG Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio, the MY García Hernández left a wife, two children of preschool age and a mother, all of them today are victims of this abuse of power and excessive terrorism; for the mere fact of having worked with me. My General Commander asked him to watch over that family, they have nothing to do with the disaster in which Maduro has taken the Country. I ask the military high command: Did you lose human sensibility? Know that I am still the same, that you knew, with the same attitude, attitude and convictions that I manifested in the different meetings of ascension meetings, now with a higher level of consciousness. The murder of MY García Hernández, very well concealed by those who perpetrated it, will not go unpunished, because there is no perfect crime.

DEPUTY OMAR GONZALEZ; maduro runs out of gas to maintain the usurpation

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -- "Maduro runs out of gas to maintain the usurpation," said the deputy to the National Assembly (AN), Omar González Moreno, making a play on words between the crisis of fuel shortages and the little room for political maneuvering that the Venezuelan usurpers remain. The parliamentarian said that those who usurp power already have "bags ready" to escape when the day arrives, because they are aware that they have neither political nor economic oxygen to sustain themselves in power. He indicated that Maduro and his allies do not have the capacity to weather the storm they are going through, adding that in the corridors of power there is more panic than tranquility.

     "They can not sleep in peace, they know they sleep with the enemy. The freedom of Ivan Simonovis was due to the fact that within the security structures of the State there are officials who respect the Constitution and recognize Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela, "he said. The Assemblyman for Anzoategui said about the meetings between the Transitional Government in Venezuela and the usurpers in Oslo, Norway, that the Venezuelans will support any option that would facilitate the exit of Maduro from power and the cessation of the presidential usurpation.

     "What Venezuelans will not accept, nor those of us who live in Vente Venezuela, is that they negotiate solutions to the crisis that do not imply the end of the regime, or that allow an unnecessary and even shameful cohabitation for those who fight for freedom." González Moreno stated that agreeing on an initiative not based on the exit of Maduro from the Miraflores Palace, and the immediate end of the usurpation would be a betrayal of millions of Venezuelans, political prisoners, thousands of exiles and all those who they have fallen victim to the oppression and repression of socialism. The deputy for Vente Venezuela assured that the current gasoline crisis in the nation is the result of the total destruction of PDVSA.

U.S. RULES OUT NEGOTIATION WITH VENEZUELAN DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO AS OPPOSITION SEEKS MILITARY COOPERATION

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolás Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions failed to oust him from power. “We have been very clear that negotiations with Maduro are not possible,” a senior State Department official told the Miami Herald. However, the official said the United States continues to discuss how to give the Venezuelan leader a way out that could lead to a political transition. The United States and more than 50 other countries do not consider Maduro the legitimate president of Venezuela, but recognize the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as Venezuelan interim president.

     “The word negotiation is not one that we really use,” the official said. “The best we can offer is what we call off-ramps, which are different ways in which we can facilitate a dignified exit to Maduro. We are having those conversations.” At the same time, the Venezuelan opposition has formally requested U.S. military support. After Guaidó’s call for a military and popular uprising against Maduro failed on April 30, the United States, the Lima Group — 12 Latin American countries and Canada — and the European Union have discussed how to continue supporting the Venezuelan opposition.

    However, the coalition is split on whether talks between Maduro and the opposition should take place to break the stalemate. The United States and many in the Venezuelan opposition are wary of Maduro using that process to buy time, as he has done in the past. At the same time, they have been portraying a more optimistic picture of the uprising effort’s outcome. “We want to make sure that our international coalition remains strong,” the State Department official said. “We look at the events of April 30th and what we see is all of Maduro´s top-tier military and intelligence service were willing to essentially throw him under the bus. Our European partners need to understand that Maduro has his back against the wall and trusts no one inside Venezuela.”

MAY 17,  2019

VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT  TALKING WITH DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION IN NORWAY

     OSLO, NORWAY--   Talks are underway in Norway between Venezuela’s government and “democratic” opponents, an envoy said on Thursday, in a possible search for a mediated solution after the opposition’s failure to spark a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. Norway’s Foreign Ministry said its norm was not to comment on possible roles in ongoing or potential peace talks. “We strongly encourage the parties to find a political and peaceful solution in order to avoid further escalation,” a ministry spokeswoman said. When asked about Venezuelan talks in Norway, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York: “We’re very much aware of what is going on and very much supportive of this process.”

Guaido, in a speech on Thursday, confirmed opposition envoys were in Norway, which was mediating between both sides, but said they would not get involved in a “false negotiation that does not lead to the end of the usurpation.” Many Venezuelan opposition supporters are skeptical about mediation talks, given that past rounds have failed, divided the opposition and, in their view, merely bought time for Maduro to consolidate power and quell street protests. Guaido said he would meet later on Thursday with participants in a diplomatic effort between European and Latin American countries, known as the International Contact Group on Venezuela (ICG), which aims to negotiate an end to the crisis.

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez of the ruling Socialist Party both traveled to Oslo, according to opposition sources. Opposition legislator Stalin Gonzalez, along with political advisers Gerardo Blyde and Fernando Martinez have also gone, they said. Norway has a tradition of conflict mediation, including assistance with Colombia’s 2016 peace deal between the government and FARC rebels.

JUAN GUAIDO CONFIRMED THAT HE SENT DELEGATES TO NORWAY

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -- The president of the National Assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, confirmed on Thursday that there were contacts in Norway, but he clarified that "we are not going to lend ourselves to any kind of false negotiation." The legislative chief reiterated that there are some sent to Norway and expressed that they are articulating all these initiatives with different nations and international organizations to which they have ratified the route proposed by the AN with three objectives to seek a "political change" in the country.

     "I thank the Contact group, the Lima Group, Canada, the United States, also the government of Norway that is trying to mediate, and we thank them (...) that's why there should be no doubt, I understand the doubts about the past frustrations that We have had some of the mechanisms, but here we are not in love with any mechanism, we are in love with Venezuela, "said Guaidó. He also confirmed that this Thursday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon he will meet with the International Contact Group and next Monday "we will have a meeting with the Southern Command in the United States Department of State".

      The United Nations (UN), supported the "mediation" in Norway between representatives of the government and the opposition, under the premise that this process leads to a solution to the crisis in the country. "We are very aware of what is happening and we support this process a lot," said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, reviewed by Efe. The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, reiterated that only a political dialogue can resolve the Venezuelan crisis.

AMBASSADOR CARLOS VECCHIO: CESATION OF THE USURPATION AT THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   -- The Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, reported on Thursday the departure of the four gringos communists who were staying at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, United States. "ALERT: Outside the invaders of our embassy. The usurpation ceased. It has taken time and effort but we comply with the wishes of the Venezuelans. Infinitely grateful to the Venezuelan diaspora for its sacrifice. Next release: Venezuela, "he wrote in his official Twitter account. He clarified that "the security bodies review the entire building to ensure all the security details before being able to take control of it."

     During the time of the illegal occupation the invaders had caused chaos in the area, anarchy and destruction of the diplomatic headquarters that will be quantified by the Venezuelan embassy, which reserves the corresponding legal actions. In recent days Vecchio had reported the cut of the electricity service to the building and announced that the next step would be the departure of the invaders, a statement that was fulfilled on Thursday. The Venezuelan embassy in Washington was occupied by activists who supported Maduro, who entered the building after the departure of the last diplomats and thus prevented the representatives appointed by the president-in-charge Juan Guaidó from settling in.

    Vecchio has repeatedly thanked the activism of the Venezuelan diaspora to recover the diplomatic headquarters, stressing that its work has been key to reduce the capacity of action of the invaders and achieve the cessation of the usurpation in the embassy. Vecchio even dedicated to them the Freedom Award received last week by the IRI, in recognition of the civic struggle that they have maintained in the adjacencies of the diplomatic headquarters. The liberation of our embassy was thanks to the struggle Diaspora Vzlna.Con sacrifice remained outside against all odds. Example of struggle. Thanks Matthew Burwick for becoming that fight symbol. See you at the embassy this afternoon. #todosalaembajada .

MAY 16,  2019

US SUSPENDS IMMEDIATELY PASSENGER AND CARGO FLIGHTS TO VENEZUELA

     WASHINGTON, d.c.  --   The US Department of Transportation ordered Wednesday the immediate suspension of all passenger and cargo flights between this country and Venezuela due to insecurity in the South American nation. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the Department of Homeland Security (DSH) sent a letter detailing its findings on the security situation in Venezuela and concluded that the conditions "threaten the safety of passengers, planes and crew "traveling to or from that country.

     "With the approval of the Secretary of State and in close coordination with the acting secretary of National Security, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao issued an order today (Wednesday) to suspend air services between the United States and Venezuela," the Department reported. of Transport in a statement. The order issued by Chao indicates that the DSH has determined that "an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela is required." Among the findings cited by DHS are reports of civil unrest, violence in and around airports and that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can not obtain access to Venezuelan airports to carry out the inspection required to assess whether the appropriate safety measures are applied.

     It also mentions the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela, the cancellation of flights to the country by the airline American Airlines, the largest airline that provides services, and two other carriers and the warnings issued by the State Department not to travel to that country. "Based on all those DHS findings about the current conditions in Venezuela, I agree that the public interest requires an immediate suspension of air transport," said Chao. He added that "I am suspending authorization to all US and foreign airlines to provide air transportation to and from Venezuelan airports."

JUAN GUAIDO ABOUT PERSECUTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: OUR OPTION IS TO GET UP AND CONTINUE, THE REGIME IS DESPERATE

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -The president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, rejected the persecution against the deputies and assured that in spite of the harassment on the part of the dictatorship, they will continue to meet in any place, without renouncing the Federal Legislative Palace . "They are not going to solve the problem of water or light because they do not generate confidence in investors, the regime is over, we will continue to hold sessions, we will continue to meet in the Federal Legislative Palace," he said.

     He added that they try to make themselves look at military sources occupying legislative spaces, even reaching the ridiculous point of kidnapping Zambrano on a crane . "Here should also be Juan Requesens , Gilber Caro , this is a cruel vulgar dictatorship," he said. "Our option is to get up and continue, the regime is desperate," he added. In that sense, the interim president mentioned that there is a strategy, a Country Plan, to advance in the exit of the regime.

     Zambrano has been kidnapped by the Nicolás Maduro regime for more than 130 hours, since he was arrested on May 8 by officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) when he left the headquarters of the political party Acción Democrática (AD) in the urbanization La Florida, in Caracas. The political leader was detained in the Sebin headquarters of El Helicoide , then taken to a court that did not have an office where he was given a custodial sentence and the detention center in Fuerte Tiuna, among other charges. Apart from Zambrano , the Cuban constituency raided parliamentary immunity to 13 other deputies, thus violating the constitutional right of the deputies.

PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE: COLOMBIA WILL NOT ALLOW VENEZUELAN BORDER TO BE AN ELN SANCTUARY

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   --  Colombia will not allow its border with Venezuela to become a sanctuary for the leftist ELN rebel group, President Ivan Duque said on Friday, after local media published documents that show Venezuela has given weapons to the group. Local media Red+ Noticias, which published the documents late on Thursday, said they are signed by Venezuelan military leaders and reference orders from President Nicolas Maduro that the armed forces treat the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels as their allies and avoid targeting them Another document purportedly shows the Venezuelan military gave explosives to the guerrillas, who have fought the Colombian government for more than five decades.

     “We won’t allow the border to become a sanctuary for the ELN,” Duque told journalists, adding the military will be on high alert to prevent the ELN from receiving any weapons or aid from Venezuela. “It doesn’t surprise me,” he said of the report. “The ELN’s top leadership are in Venezuelan territory. (Maduro) has given them arms, money and help for several years.” Maduro’s help is motivating the ELN to forcibly recruit children and commit crimes along the two countries’ border, Duque added.

    Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Twitter he spoke to Duque about the ELN and pledged lawmakers would collaborate with Colombia to stop attacks. “It is time for our armed forces to exercise the sovereignty of our nation and fight this irregular occupation of our territory,” said Guaido, who invoked the constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, denouncing Maduro’s re-election as illegitimate. The 2,000-strong ELN is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. It regularly bombs oil pipelines and claimed responsibility for a January attack on Bogota’s police academy that killed more than 20 people. The porous 2,200-km (1,370-mile) border is a hub for smuggling and the transit of Venezuelan migrants fleeing hyperinflation and their country’s political crisis.

MAY 15,  2019

SECRETARY  MIKE POMPEO TOLD SERGEY LAVROV THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR NICOLAS MADURO  TO LEAVE OFFICE

     WASHINGTON, d.c.  --   US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said on Tuesday after meeting with his Russian colleague, Sergey Lavrov, that the time has come for Nicolás Maduro to leave office. "The United States and more than 50 countries believe that the time has come for Maduro to leave power," Pompeo told a joint press conference with Lavrov at the Sochi spa on the Black Sea.

     Pompeo, whose country supports Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized as president of the country by more than 50 nations, believes that Maduro must resign to "end the suffering of the Venezuelan people." In addition, he assured that Washington is absolutely opposed to any country interfering in the affairs of Venezuela. "We hope that the Russian support to Maduro is over," he said, while mentioning the great Russian economic and energy interests in Venezuela.

    He said that the US position is that Venezuelans should choose their leaders, although he stressed that the Latin American country must be a democracy. For his part, Lavrov replied that "you can not establish a democracy by force." The Russian minister accused the US and Guaidó of continually resorting to threats of possible military intervention, which, in his opinion, "has nothing to do with democracy."

INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO BELIEVES THAT NICOLAS MADURO WANTS TO KIDNAP THE PARLIAMENT WITH A POLICE OPERATION

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  -THE INTERIM PRESIDENT AND head of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized by half a hundred countries, assured on Tuesday that President Nicolás Maduro wants to "kidnap the legislative power" by deploying a strong police operation on day of sessions for a supposed bomb threat . "They try to hijack the legislative power while the dictator entrenches himself, in a Palace where he should not be, suspecting everyone around him," Guaidó wrote on his Twitter account. In his opinion, Maduro "once again demonstrates his fear of the legitimacy of the National Assembly (AN)" with the strong deployment in which members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and the Bolivarian Service participate. of Intelligence (Sebin).

     All of them are present in the seat of Parliament and do not allow the entrance of deputies or workers to the seat of the Legislative and have not offered details about the alleged threat. The contingent of uniformed of the GNB closed the accesses to the Palace by the four cardinal points and later extended the perimeter more avoiding that the citizens have less possibility of approaching, according to Efe. For this Tuesday the Legislative is planning to debate the "persecution" against deputies who blame the Government of Maduro.

     Guaidó said in his Twitter messages that Maduro "makes his political persecution gang threaten, not only the deputies elected by the people, but also the workers of the AN." The opposition leader accompanied his denunciations with several photos in which he can see officials of the PNB and Sebin cutting off access to the seat of the Legislative, some of them heavily armed. Finally, Guaidó emphasized that Maduro "believes that the power is in the buildings, in the drawers, in a bunch of keys", when he says that "the power they once had lost when they lost the people."

DICTATOR MADURO'S SECURITY FORCES PREVENTED THE ENTRANCE OF OPPOSITION DEPUTIES IN THE LEGISLATIVE PALACE

  CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --   The security forces of the Maduro regime prevented the entrance of opposition deputies to the seat of Parliament on Tuesday before a session and after the tension that caused the highest court to accuse legislators of treason to the homeland last week. Officials of the intelligence police, Sebin with long arms and hoods, as well as national and military police groups surrounded several blocks near the Congress at the beginning of the session, without allowing the entrance of deputies, workers and journalists. The operation, which lasted for several hours, began with the search for a presumed explosive device in the seat of Congress, according to information received by the deputies. But officials did not block traffic in the area, nor the passage of bystanders.

     "He believes that the Power is in the buildings, in the drawers, in a bunch of keys. The power that they once had lost when they lost the People, "wrote the head of Congress, Juan Guaidó, on his Twitter account about the restriction on access to the headquarters. The ordinary session, which was scheduled for 10 am (1300 GMT), did not begin and the deputies remained gathered at the administrative headquarters of the Parliament, which is a few blocks from the Palace, to decide where the meeting would be held. "They have falsely denounced that there are supposedly bombs, that there are explosives in the Palace (...) That is a hoax to prevent Parliament from functioning today," said opposition deputy Jorge Millán. "We will insist on being able to enter the Palace, and if we do not meet today, we will do it tomorrow," he added.

     The Ministry of Communication and Information did not respond to requests for comment on what happened in Parliament. The Congress, under the control of the opposition, had in its agenda to discuss the situation of legislators accused by the Supreme Court of Justice and the arrest of one of them. "All this is part of the show to impede the functioning of the National Assembly," Congressman Juan Pablo Guanipa told Reuters. "This is a dictatorship that persecutes dissent and we fight for a political change to take place." At least 15 legislators had reported threats in their homes on Friday and three others, accused by the highest court, entered the embassies of Italy and Argentina on Thursday.

MAY 14,  2019

OAS REPRESENTATIVES CONDEMN NICOLAS MADURO'S REGIME ATTACKS ON NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEPUTIES

  
      WASHINGTON, d.c.  --    YESTERDAY, in the Organization of American States (OAS), in an extraordinary session they presented and approved a resolution proposed by seven member countries of the organization to condemn the kidnapping of the first vice president of the National Assembly, Edgar Zambrano, and the withdrawal of the parliamentary immunity to others. The representative of Venezuela in the OAS, Gustavo Tarre, with his right to speak, was in charge of opening the event, stating "that parliamentarians can not be detained if the National Assembly does not authorize it," noting that the vice president of parliament Edgard Zambrano "was kidnapped and is missing," he said.

     For his part, the US ambassador to the agency, reiterated that "the detention of Edgar Zambrano is unacceptable, and a new action of an illegitimate regime, reiterating that Zambrano" should be released immediately. " He also emphasized that "we request protection measures for President Guiadó and for all deputies of the National Assembly." Likewise, the Uruguayan representative condemned the decision "adopted" by the Cuban Constituent to smooth the parliamentary immunity of the deputies of the AN. On the other hand Chile within the organism maintained that "the acquiescence to the parliamentary immunity is given by a spurious Constituent Assembly".

     Colombia, for its part, stressed that "The detention of Edgard Zambrano aims to generate fear. They seek to stay in power at any cost, that's why this organization and the Lima Group are not alien to that, "he said. The Brazilian ambassador said that in Venezuela "there is no peace, no stability in our brother country. Maduro does not represent the Venezuelan people (...) we note that representative democracy is attacked in Venezuela, "he said.

Carlos vecchio officially requests southern command meeting with a venezuelan technical delegation

       washington, d. C.  --  The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, reported that he formally requested a meeting between a technical delegation of the Interim Government of President Juan Guaidó and the Southern Command of the United States of America to advance cooperation and planning issues technical and strategic, with the objective of alleviating the suffering of the Venezuelan people and restoring democracy.

      "#Venezuela: following instructions from Pdte. (e) @jguaido formally requested the South Command @Southcom meeting with technical delegation to advance strategic and operational planning with the priority goal of alleviating suffering of our people and restoring democracy, "the Venezuelan diplomat reported on his account @carlosvecchio on the network social tuiter. In the letter that accompanies the tweet, Ambassador Vecchio clarifies to Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the Southern Command, that "the conditions in Venezuela worsen, as a consequence of the corrupt, incompetent and illegitimate regime of the usurper Nicolás Maduro, which tragically have consequences about national security in Venezuela, as well as in neighboring countries.

     Equally worrisome is the impact of the presence of uninvited foreign forces that put our country and others at risk. " On Saturday, President Guaidó instructed Ambassador Vecchio to begin the process of technical cooperation with the United States. In this sense, the letter sent by Vecchio to Admiral Faller confirms "we welcome the strategic and operational planning so that we can fulfill our constitutional obligation with the Venezuelan people, with the purpose of alleviating the suffering of our people and restoring our democracy" . The meeting is expected to take place within the next few days.

PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE: COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT BE PASSIVE IN THE FACE OF HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA --   The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, said on Monday that faced with the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is going through, Latin American governments can not be in a "passive place". "When you see a humanitarian tragedy it can not be in any passive place and that is why the invitation that all Latin Americans should make is not to ask when the dictatorship will fall (of Nicolás Maduro) but what we are going to do to make the dictatorship fall and the institutional order is restored, "Duque said at the inauguration of the Concord Summit of the Americas, in Bogotá.

     When taking stock of the advances and commitments of Colombia in the matter of politics, economy, anticorruption, education, tourism, fight against drugs and entrepreneurship, the president said that the course of the country "also has to do with foreign policy and what happens with the region. " For this reason, he indicated that it is clear that what is required for Venezuela to emerge from the political, social and economic crisis that has forced more than three million people to leave the country, 1.2 million of whom are in Colombia, is "to strengthen the diplomatic siege through the Lima Group and the OAS."

     But, he clarified, there must be "absolutely decisive" because the indolence in front of what is happening in Venezuela is "like the one who at night listens to the wife and children in the apartment on the side and the next day simply pretends to greet the neighbor in the elevator as if nothing. " In that sense, Duque asserted that the "moral duty" of all states that believe in democracy and freedoms is "to denounce the abuses and achieve as soon as possible that Venezuela has that step to freedom and true democracy." The Government of Colombia is since last August 7, when Duque came to power, the spearhead of Latin American diplomatic pressure that seeks to "restore democracy" in neighboring Venezuela.

MAY 13,  2019

MAJOR GENERAL RAMON RANGEL BROADCAST A STRONG STATEMENT AGAINST DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO AND URGES THE FAN TO ADHERE TO ARTICLE 328 OF THE CONSTITUTION

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA   --    On the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, Major General Ramón Rangel broadcast a video in which he made public his rejection of the government of Nicolás Maduro and points out that he serves the Castro-communism that exists on the island of Cuba. The soldier who belonged to the nearby circle of the late Hugo Chávez and who participated in the coup d'état carried out on November 27, 1992, said that the time had come for Venezuelans to take off their fear, "to go out into the streets, to protest and to seek military union, to change this political system and get rid of the yoke of Castro-communism. "

     Since 2012 he was at the forefront of the creation of a joint venture in Cuba, time that in his opinion allowed him to see the reality of a society subjected to a dictatorship that has lasted more than 60 years. "Cubans live in a poverty that is attributed to the blockade and that is false, there is a Castro-communist group that does not make the resources, which are a lot, reach the population," he explained. According to the division general, the same technique is used to try to apply it to the Venezuelan people, "sowing a psychoterror" in the population.

      He questioned that currently Venezuela is mired in the worst political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in history, "being a rich country is living worse than any poor country ... it is inconceivable that there are more than 4 million Venezuelans begging in others countries. " For Ramón Rangel, the death of Chávez may have been the product of a strategy by the Cuban government to seize Venezuelan riches, through the rulers who preceded him to Hugo Chávez. He called on the FAN to adhere to Article 328 of the Constitution and help the country to get out of this crisis, stopping saying the slogan "loyal always traitors never.

JUAN GUAIDO: AMBASSADOR VECCHIO AND THE SOUTHERN COMMAND WILL MEET TO COORDINATE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN VENEZUELA

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  Juan Guaidó , INTERIM president  of the Republic OF VENEZUELA, said he gave orders to Carlos Vecchio , Venezuela's ambassador to the US , to meet with the Southern Command of the US military and coordinate international humanitarian cooperation. " We have instructed our Ambassador Carlos Vecchio to immediately meet with the Southern Command and begin to coordinate cooperation (...) The TIAR is an alternative for Venezuela and we must move in that direction, because we must responsibly evaluate the best option," Guaidó said from the Plaza Alfredo Sadel, located in Las Mercedes , municipality of Baruta. . " We have the elements to throw the rest , to be able to reach a time when the regime does not have spray," he said.

     On the messages of threat in the residence of the deputies, he assured that: " Dog that barks, does not bite , so that to send to a people to marks some houses". "In parallel we have spoken with the Group of Lima , with the contact group of Europeand we welcome the communication from China that a solution is approaching through the Contact Group, " he added. "Around the corner," says the President in charge of Venezuela, is the cessation of the usurpation; so he insisted on his message not to fall into despair or doubt. "I ask you to trust in yourself and in what we have achieved. The cessation of the usurpation is around the equine. All the options are on the table. I am the President in charge of Venezuela to recover the powers of the Executive, achieve a transitional government and finally free elections. "

     Guaidó informed that he sent a letter to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, to begin the process of reintegration of Venezuela into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR). On the systematic attacks suffered by several deputies of Parliament last Thursday in their homes and in those of their families, said that "it is not with paint, jail or cranes" how they will manage to stop the fight that the AN gives for freedom from the country. "Do you scratch the houses of the deputies to generate fear? Fear will not be what wins, we reach a point of no return. What is the fear? I lead Operation Libertad and I am in charge of the transition in Venezuela. " Finally, he said that more troops of the National Armed Forces (FAN) will side with the Constitution, and that the "clear division and rupture" that exists inside the military structure.

PERSECUTION AND IMPRISONMENT OF NA DEPUTIES ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   The practice of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of persecuting political dissidence has increased since the election of the National Assembly (AN) in December 2015 to the point of becoming today a systematic and intentional policy of that body, what can constitute a violation of article 7 literal h of the Rome Statute, which establishes that persecution for political reasons, together with incarceration (literal e), is configured as a crime against humanity.

     As a result, to date a total of sixteen deputies, including Juan Guaidó, current president of the AN and president in charge of the country, have been persecuted politically, submitted to trial under the imputation of crimes whose proof does not exist, they have been their parliamentary immunity was violated without the necessary legal requirements to do so and, in some cases, they have been sentenced to prison. The most recent decisions in this sense are three, which were announced by the Full Chamber of the TSJ one after another almost days after Operation Libertad on April 30, in which the president in charge called the military to side with the Constitution, this based on an investigation of the prosecutor fraudulently appointed by the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Tarek William Saab.

     The first sentence of the TSJ, which appears as press release on May 2 and four days later as number 17 with its full text, is against Deputy Edgar Zambrano, also first vice president of the AN. In this decision, the Plenary Chamber requests the ANC to grant parliamentary immunity for having participated in Operation Libertad and, as a consequence, allegedly committing in flagrante delicto of treason against the fatherland, conspiracy, instigation to the insurrection, civil rebellion , conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to the disobedience of the laws and continued hatred. The ruling in his device establishes that the trial will be carried out by the ordinary courts in criminal matters.

MAY 11,  2019

SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO DEMAND IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION LEADER EDGAR ZAMBRANO

  
      WASHINGTON, D.C.    --      United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Venezuelan authorities on Thursday to release the First Vice President of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Edgar Zambrano was arrested on Wednesday after the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which consists entirely of supporters of embattled incumbent Nicolas Maduro, had lifted his parliamentary immunity. “The arbitrary arrest (...) of Edgar Zambrano (...) is an unacceptable and illegal act that is yet another reflection of the repression of the former Maduro regime,” Pompeo said in a statement.

      “This is an attack on the independence of the nation’s democratically elected legislative branch and is part of the Maduro regime’s continued attempts to crush dissent and free debate in Venezuela,” he added. Zambrano took to Twitter on Wednesday to describe how Venezuela Intelligence Service (SEBIN) agents had surrounded the car he was traveling in before towing the vehicle to SEBIN’s headquarters.
Dozens of local residents of the neighborhood, which is home to the AD’s headquarters, shouted “freedom” and sang the party anthem as Zambrano was arrested.

      Pompeo said that Zambrano’s detention is an “assault on the National Assembly” that “should serve as a clarion call to the region and the world that the dictatorship is not interested in constitutional solutions to the Venezuelan people’s problems.” The USA’s “virtual embassy” in Venezuela on Wednesday also denounced the “inexcusable and illegal” detention by “Maduro’s oppressive security forces,” warning that there would be “consequences” if Zambrano is not immediately released. Venezuela has suffered high political tension since mid-January when Maduro began his new six-year term but was not recognized by the opposition and much of the international community. Guaido proclaimed an interim government on Jan. 23.

NA DEPUTY OMAR GONZALEZ: EXCUSES ARE NO LONGER VALID, WE MUST GO THROUGH 187 NUMERAL 11

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --  The deputy to the National Assembly (AN), Omar González Moreno, said Friday that "excuses are no longer valid, we must go for Article 187 numeral 11", referring to the constitutional text that empowers the Legislative Power to authorize foreign peace forces to enter the country. "What are we going to expect?" Asked the parliamentarian, who rejected arbitrary arrests and harassment against the national parliament. The legislator indicated that the usurper of Miraflores seeks the elimination of the National Assembly and as he could not achieve it through political devices, now he applies an extermination of the assembly members.

      He was emphatic in urging all members of the National Parliament not to delay further the approval of Article 187, number 11, which, together with Venezuela's entry into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar) and the approval of R2P in the Nations Together, it opens the door for international allies to "save the Venezuelans. Omar González said that "we just can not," as he explained that it is a struggle between an armed regime, violent and without morality, and a disarmed and defenseless majority before the police, military and clash groups of usurpation.

     The Assemblyman described as "parliamentary raid" the kidnapping of deputies Gilber Caro and the First Vice President of the National Assembly (AN), Edgar Zambrano. "While Caro is missing, Zambrano is a prisoner, and others like our partner in Fracción 16 de Julio, Richard Blanco, had to take shelter in the Embassy of Argentina as a guest," he complained. The deputy of Vente Venezuela echoed the call of President Juan Guaidó to mobilize this Saturday in defense of Parliament and against the oppressive regime. "Maria Corina already said it, the only way out of this crisis is the Route of Courage. We can not be afraid, we can not bend the knee before an oppressive and vile system, "he said.

"WE ARE READY:" THE US ARMY OFFERS SUPPORT TO VENEZUELAN INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO TO "RESTORE ORDER''

  WASHINGTON, D.C.   --   The Army of the United States is waiting for an invitation from Juan Guaidó to give his support so that "the constitutional order in Venezuela is restored." aDMIRAL Craig Faller, the head of the North American Southern Command, has publicly expressed this to the interim president of the Caribbean country in a message via Twitter. In both English and Spanish, Faller states: "When Juan Guaidó and the legitimate Government of Venezuela invite me, we will talk about our support to those leaders of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces who make the right decision, who respect the Venezuelans first, and the constitutional order is restored, we are ready! "

     And finish the message with the hashtag #EstamosUnidosVE. Faller himself had already advanced earlier that US troops are ready for an intervention if the president, Donald Trump, decided. As he insinuated in an interview at the end of April, Venezuela can rush down the slope of a country in a state of war, comparing it with Syria, before the end of the year. The words of the head of the Southern Command, the chief military officer of the US for Latin America, come after Guaidó said on Thursday that Venezuela has already overcome the "red line" to require foreign military cooperation, although it added that the mechanism depends on the countries who decide to help in this matter.

    On this possibility, he asked himself: "Will it be required or not?" Some would say, or I would say, that the red line was passed a long time ago, "he said at a press conference, in which he considered that the emergency in the country It's "obvious." The president of the Venezuelan National Assembly also clarified that he spoke of "military cooperation" because "the intervention already exists", with "Cuban militaries exercising intelligence and counterintelligence in Venezuela, Russian military". Guaidó also denounced that the arrest of the vice president of the Legislature, Edgar Zambrano, is "a new blow to Parliament" at the hands of Nicolás Maduro.

MAY 10,  2019

DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO'S SECRET POLICE ARRESTED EDGAR ZAMBRANO, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --      Police still taking orders from the Nicolas Maduro regime kidnapped Edgar Zambrano, first Vice President of the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislative, Tuesday night off a busy Caracas street. The lawmaker was, literally, picked up by Maduro’s police: his car was towed with him still inside it. The Maduro-controlled Supreme Court had ordered an investigation against Zambrano and nine other lawmakers Tuesday night, for their alleged involvement in an ongoing uprising against the Maduro regime which began April 30th and is being led by Juan Guaido, the President of the National. According to the Venezuelan Constitution, only the National Assembly can revoke the immunity of a lawmaker.

     Agents from the SEBIN national intelligence service violated Zambrano’s immunity as a lawmaker and, when he refused to get out of his SUV, had the vehicle towed to jail with the lawmaker inside it, another first in repression in the Maduro era. Seven vehicles and more than a dozen hooded, assault-rifle wielding police were involved in the action. Chavismo’s perennial number two man, Diosdado Cabello mocked, Zambrano’s kidnapping, accusing the unlawfully imprisoned lawmaker of taking part in shady dealings, saying Tuesday after the event: “In one pocket he (Zambrano) carried over $1,000 in cash.” Cabello also said Zambrano will be billed for the tow truck used in his kidnapping.

     Zambrano tweeted the ordeal (which lasted some 47 minutes, from 6:30 to 7:17 pm) from inside his car. “We were surprised by the SEBIN, when refusing to exit our vehicle, they used a tow truck to transport us by force directly to the Helicoide (a SEBIN prison in Western Caracas). We democrats are still on war footing,” the lawmaker wrote in one of his final tweets. The lawmaker was leaving the headquarters of the Accion Democratica party when the kidnapping took place. Neighbors and sympathizers approached the vehicle and started singing the party’s anthem but police did not relent.

THE UNITED NATIONS DEMANDS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF EDGAR ZAMBRANO

       UNITED NATIONS , NEW YORK  --  The Office for Human Rights has DEMANDS the authorities "to stop the attacks on the National Assembly." The Inter-Parliamentary Union has also expressed concern over the arrest of Zambrano, whom the government accuses of conspiracy, rebellion and treason. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for the immediate release of Edgar Zambrano, the first vice president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, who was arrested on Wednesday. "We urge the authorities to stop the attacks on the National Assembly and its members," the office led by Michelle Bachelet said on her Twitter account.

      The opposition leader was stripped last week of his parliamentary immunity along with six other members of the National Assembly and it is likely that three others will suffer the same fate. The 10 parliamentarians are accused of conspiracy, rebellion and treason due to their alleged participation in the video that the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president by fifty countries, "asked the soldiers and the family military "to accompany him" within the framework of the Constitution and within the framework of non-violent struggle, "according to a communiqué issued by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The Government of Nicolás Maduro considers that it was an attempted coup d'état.

      The Inter-Parliamentary Union has shown its concern over the arrest. The Union "only recognizes the National Assembly as the elected Parliament in Venezuela." As stipulated by the Constitution, they say, "only the National Assembly has the authority to eliminate parliamentary immunity and not the Constituent Assembly." The IPU calls on all parties in Venezuela to "respect the rule of law and work to find solutions" to the current crisis. The IPU "strongly believes" that this also implies "full respect for the independence and integrity of the National Assembly and the protection of the rights of its members".

VENEZUELAN TROOPS TRAIN REBELS TO FIRE ROCKETS, COLOMBIA GOVERNMENT SAYS

  BOGOTA, COLOMBIA   --   Venezuelan soldiers loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro have trained members of South America’s most dangerous guerrilla force to use heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, according to Colombian authorities. National Liberation Army fighters were instructed in how to use the Russian-manufactured IGLA surface-to-air missile system, according to General Luis Navarro, Colombia’s top-ranking soldier. The Marxist force known as the ELN has long used Venezuelan territory as a refuge and has a close ideological affinity with Maduro’s socialist government, which the U.S. is trying to topple.

      Colombia’s intelligence services don’t know whether the ELN actually has acquired its own missile launchers, nor do they know whether the training was organized by a faction within Venezuela’s military or sanctioned at the highest levels in Caracas. The ELN received training clandestinely rather than at Venezuelan army bases, Navarro said. “These are weapons used by the Venezuelan armed forces,” he said in an interview at a Bogota air base. “We have the clear evidence and the necessary intelligence to affirm that the ELN is considered as part of the defense of the revolution of the Maduro regime.”

      Maduro is mobilizing everything he can in his struggle to cling to power as the U.S. and its allies openly call for a military rebellion while simultaneously trying to cripple the government’s finances with sanctions. After the most recent uprising failed last week, violent protests erupted across the country, and at least four people died in the crackdown that followed. Washington backed the uprising, and President Donald Trump refuses to rule out armed intervention. After Maduro’s intelligence services broke up several previous plots, he took steps to reduce his dependence on the armed forces, increasingly turning to gangs of armed civilian supporters, as well as Cuban and Russian advisers. The ELN, which has spread beyond the Colombian border region deep into Venezuela, frequently defends the Maduro government in its statements.

MAY 9,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO CALLS FOR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE TO STOP THE SHIPMENT OF VENEZUELAN CRUDE TO CUBA

  
      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     The head of the Parliament of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, who last January proclaimed himself president in charge of the country, asked on Monday (11.03.2019) for help to the international community to stop the oil shipments made by the Government of Nicolás Maduro to Cuba.
"We have decreed no more oil shipments to Cuba, they are not going to continue chuleando the money of the people of Venezuela (...), not only we decree, but we request international cooperation to make this measure effective," said Guaidó in the middle of a legislative session of emergency before the blackout that suffers the country
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     Cuba is one of the main allies of Venezuela, country from which it receives about 100,000 barrels of oil every day, at preferential prices, through several cooperation agreements. The main one, Petrocaribe, also supplies crude to several Caribbean countries with the same low interest rates.
Cuba pays for oil with sports and cultural consultancies and with a contingent of doctors that swell the ranks of a social primary care program known as Barrio Adentro.

     But Guaidó said on Monday that he needs "urgently" the oil that he sends daily to Cuba to attend the emergency that went off last Thursday, when a massive power failure left almost the entire country without service. Guaidó also said that the measure to cut off the supply seeks to impede Cuba's "interference" in Venezuela's internal affairs, as well as the alleged control exercised by the island over the intelligence services and the armed forces. "Gentlemen of the Armed Forces, you know the interference of Cuba in intelligence and counterintelligence, we will not continue, then, to indirectly finance them to continue controling the FANB..

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT: TE US NEEDS TO CONSIDER A NAVAL BLOCKADE OF CUBA TO PREVENT IT FOR GETTING VENEZUELAN CRUDE (DESPITE THE SENATOR'S AND GUAIDO'S REQUEST, us, EU, AND THE LIMA GROUP, ALL, ASKED CUBA TO JOIN THEM IN A "DIALOGUE" OVER the VENEZUELAn crisis ...GUAU!)

       MIAMI, FLORIDA   --   Florida Governor Rick Scott: The US needs to consider a naval blockade of Cuba
Rick Scott, R-Fla., floated using a naval blockade to prevent Cuba from obtaining oil from Venezuela as he “wholeheartedly” backed President Trump’s suggestion of placing a full embargo on Cuba
. Scott, who argued Cuba is “the most powerful force propping up” Venezuela strongman Nicolás Maduro, said that sanctions imposed last month designed to bar the transfer of oil from Venezuela to Cuba have been unsuccessful and naval assets must be deployed to ensure the sanctions are enforced. “It’s clear that the United States needs to consider using naval assets to block the flow of oil between the two dictatorships,” Scott said in a statement Wednesday.

     “The President has floated the idea of a full embargo on Cuba. I agree with him wholeheartedly. We need to take action NOW to capitalize on Maduro’s weakness and end his brutal regime. Cut off Cuba, and you cut off the political forces supporting genocide in Venezuela.” The U.S. and other allies have backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president, but his recent attempt to oust Maduro failed last week. The Treasury Department announced sanctions against two shipping companies and one vessel that carried oil from Venezuela and Cuba in April. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has accused Cuba of benefiting from supporting the Maduro regime through “oil-for-repression schemes.”

     According to Scott, the key to toppling the Maduro regime is halting the transfer of oil between the countries. “Cutting off the supply of oil to the Castro regime would be the most effective action we can take to end the brutal regime of Nicolás Maduro,” Scott said. Trump warned late last month that Cuba would face a “full and complete embargo” and high-level sanctions if it fails to stop military operations in Venezuela. But Cuba has rejected accusations that it is involved in Venezuela, and Cuba’s Director General of U.S. Affairs Carlos Fernández de Cossío has told the Associated Press there are no Cuban troops in Venezuela and “Cuba does not participate in military operations nor in security operations in Venezuela.”

COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT EVAN DUQUE DENOUNCES THE INCURSION OF VENEZUELAN MILITARY IN HIS COUNTRY TERRITORY

   washington, d.c.    --    The Colombian government condemned on Wednesday the alleged incursion of some thirty Venezuelan soldiers in the northeast of its territory, in a convulse border zone between the two countries. The Venezuelan uniformed entered 200 meters Tuesday afternoon in the Colombian corregimiento of San Faustino, in the department of Norte de Santander, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

      "The uniformed were identified by the residents as belonging to the Bolivarian Armed Forces, in the service of the regime of (Nicolás) Maduro, who remained for about 20 minutes" in Colombia, he added. The Venezuelan military left the area when they noticed the arrival of a helicopter with members of the Colombian Army, "who were sent to attend calls from the community denouncing acts of intimidation." "The Military Forces of Colombia are ready to defend territorial integrity, always maintaining due caution in the face of these clear and repeated incitements that only intend to generate an answer to make Colombia look like an aggressor country," said the bulletin.

      The protests in Bogota over incursions of Venezuelan troops into its territory are recurrent. Colombia is one of more than 50 countries that recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. Maduro, whom the government of Iván Duque considers a "dictator", broke relations with Colombia in February, although ties were frozen since mid-2017. Colombia and Venezuela share a porous border of 2,200 kilometers, along which armed groups and smugglers operate.

MAY 8,  2019

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPROVES TO REINSERT  VENEZUELA INTO THE TIAR

      CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     Venezuela had resigned from the TIAR on June 5, 2012. Now the Parliament will again discuss its integration in the search for the defense of "sovereignty, the Constitution and the people." The National Assembly initiated the official process to reinsert Venezuela into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) and the Inter-American DD System. H H. as a measure of international cooperation for humanitarian aid and defense of the Venezuelan people. National Guard troops prevented the access of the national and international press to the Federal Legislative Palace, where on Tuesday the project of agreement in support of the reincorporation of Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) was held, and in the rejection to the acquiescence of the immunity of deputies of the chamber.

     After 11:00 o'clock in the morning the deputies entered the chamber and started the debate despite the absence of the media in the room, minutes later the room was without electricity.Meanwhile, groups of motorbike groups stalked the vicinity of the National Assembly. Venezuela had resigned from the TIAR on June 5, 2012. Now the Parliament will again discuss its integration in the search for the defense of "sovereignty, the Constitution and the people". The ordinary session comes amid an escalation in political tensions since last Tuesday, April 30, in which the president of the AN, Juan Guaidó, led a military uprising. The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), also called the Rio Treaty, is an inter-American mutual defense pact signed on September 2, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro. ... It is the consultation mechanism, but only the signing countries of TIAR participate in the vote.

     List of signatory countries (ordered by year of signature): Argentina (1947), Bolivia (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Brazil (1947, Chile (1947), Colombia (1947), Costa Rica (1947) ), Cuba (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), USA (1947), El Salvador (1947), Guatemala (1947), Haiti (1947), Honduras (1947), Mexico (1947 - It resigned from the TIAR on September 6, 2002), Panama (1947), Paraguay (1947), Peru (1947 - Renounced the treaty on January 22, 1990 and withdrew the resignation on December 16, 1991), Dominican Republic (1947) ), Uruguay (1947), Venezuela (1947 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Nicaragua (1948 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012), Ecuador (1949 - Renounced TIAR on June 5, 2012 He ratified his departure on February 4, 2014), Trinidad and Tobago (1967), Bahamas (1982) and Canada (1990).

THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE  OF VENEZUELA DECIDED TO CHARGE SEVEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DEPUTIES OF TREASON

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --   The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (TSJ), meeting in plenary session, has snatches the immunity of seven deputies of the democratic Parliament, AND accused THEM of committing " flagrant crimes, " The accused are Henry Ramos Allup, leader of the Social Democrat AD; Mariela Magallanes and Américo de Grazia (La Causa R); Simón Calzadilla (Progressive Movement); Richard Blanco (Fracción 16 de Julio) and Luis Florido (independent). All of them joined last Tuesday to the appeal made by the president in charge, Juan Guaidó , who headed, along with former political prisoner Leopoldo López, the rebellion of a group of soldiers in the vicinity of La Carlota Air Base. The decision of the TSJ responds to an investigation of the Office of the Prosecutor.

     The judges said that the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), controlled by the government, should establish the next steps. The accusation includes crimes of usurpation of powers , instigation to the insurrection, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions and public instigation. The vote among the magistrates had a vote against, that of Danilo Mojica, "for violating antejunction of constitutional merit." The judge, dissident for months, reminded his peers that the Constitution only allows to judge a deputy if previously decided by Parliament itself , something that has not happened, again, in this case.

     At the head of the deliberations of the high court was its president, Maikel Moreno, whom the administration of Donald Trump accused of not having complied with the agreements prior to 30-A, which allowed Maduro to remain in power. "They will continue to persecute all the deputies we are facing, the only response the regime has is to persecute, because they no longer govern, because they no longer have command, because discontent grows more and more. face to the people, the radicalization of the regime what has done is isolate them.The unity has been strengthened every time they attack and try to persecute us , it will not be different this time, "answered Guaidó during the parliamentary session on Tuesday. Guaidó defended his vice president, Edgar Zambrano, previously accused of the same alleged crimes.

THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT LIFTS SANCTIONS AGAINST MANUEL CRISTOPHER FIGUERA

    washington, d.c.    --    The US Treasury Department lifted economic sanctions against the former director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), Manuel Cristopher Figuera, for detaching himself from the Nicolás Maduro regime. Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury eliminated the sanctions imposed on Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera (Cristopher), who last week broke ranks with the Maduro regime and joined the support of the Venezuelan constitution and the National Assembly. Cristopher is the former General Director of Venezuela's National Intelligence Service, better known as SEBIN.

     On February 15, 2019, OFAC appointed Cristopher pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13692 for being a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela. Today's action, taken in consultation with the US Department of State. UU., Shows that the sanctions of the USA. UU They do not have to be permanent and are meant to provoke a positive change in behavior.

      The exclusion of Christopher also shows the good faith of the United States that the elimination of sanctions may be available to designated persons who take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to participate in human rights abuses, denounce the abuses committed by the illegitimate Maduro regime, or combat corruption in Venezuela. As a result of today's action, all assets and interests on the property that were blocked solely as a result of Christopher's appointment are unblocked, and all legal transactions involving people from the United States and Christopher are no longer prohibited.

MAY 7,  2019

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEY LAVROC, CALLS ON THE US TO "ABANDON ITS "IRRESPONSIBLE PLANS" IN VENEZUELA

       MOSCOW, RUSSIA   --     Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday called on the United States to "abandon ITS irresponsible plans" in Venezuela, while Washington accentuated this week the pressure on Caracas and without ruling out a military solution. "We call on Americans, and all those who support them, to abandon their irresponsible plans and to act exclusively within the framework of international law," he said at the beginning of a meeting in Moscow with his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza.

     "We are witnessing an unprecedented campaign by the United States to overthrow the legitimate authorities of Venezuela," the Russian Foreign Minister said. For his part, Jorge Arreaza thanked Moscow for its support to the Chavez regime. "The relationship between Moscow and Caracas has become more significant, not only for our two countries but also for the world," he told his Russian counterpart. The situation became tense again in Venezuela after an attempted military uprising led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, backed by the United States and recognized interim president by more than 50 countries.

     The US authorities have launched an offensive to increase pressure on Nicolás Maduro, and members of his cabinet. The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, on Saturday made a direct call to Venezuelan citizens to rise up against Maduro, declaring that "the moment of transition is now." "The moment of transition is now, no more hunger, no more children without medicines, no more repression. The United States remains firmly with you in your struggle, "Pompeo told Venezuelans after a failed military uprising last Tuesday.

THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT: MILITARY SOLUTION IN VENEZUELA WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC AN UNJUSTIFIED

       HELSINKI, FINLAND  --    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated in Finland on Monday that his country is totally opposed to a military intervention in Venezuela by the United States and warned that an operation of this nature would be "catastrophic and unjustified". "We are categorically against military intervention, the use of force can only be authorized by the UN Security Council, or used in response to an aggression against a sovereign state, and nothing similar to this is observed in Venezuela." , Lavrov told the press.

     The Russian foreign minister addressed the issue of Venezuela during a meeting with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, as part of a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council held in Rovaniemi (Finnish Lapland), according to information from the Efe agency. Lavrov called the meeting "good and constructive" and said he has not found any country that is in favor of resolving the Venezuelan crisis through armed intervention. "Based on my contacts with my American colleagues and others, Europeans, Latin Americans, I do not see supporters of a reckless military solution, I hope we all share this vision," he added. The chancellor expressed his hope that this understanding will be put into practice and "no military solution will be sought, because it would be catastrophic."

     The minister affirmed that his meeting with Pompeo has meant "a step forward" with respect to the telephone conversation that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump had two days ago. "Our presidents agreed to meet when they have the possibility, and I am convinced that the opportunity will be given," he said, but without giving a possible date for that meeting. Recently, the US warned that it does not rule out any option, including a military intervention to support the president of the National Assembly (AN), Juan Guaidó, recognized as president in charge of Venezuela by more than 50 countries.

SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO ASKS RUSSIA NOT TO "GET INVOLVED" IN VENEZUELA.  MOSCOW ACCUSES THE US OF SEEKING TO OVERTHROW DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO

    washington, d.c.    --    The US secretary referred again to the Venezuelan situation this weekend and assured that in the meeting with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov, he will ask that his country stop being "getting involved with Venezuela". The statements were given in an interview program on Fox two days after it was confirmed that Pompeo and Lavrov will meet in Finland in the framework of the Arctic Ministerial Council to discuss the Venezuelan situation. In "Fox News Sunday", Pompeo said that "I am going to tell him the same thing the President told the world: that all countries must leave, including the Russians." On Friday, the US president Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation for more than an hour and one of the issues was precisely the South American nation.

    The White House spokeswoman explained that Trump reiterated the need for a peaceful transition in Venezuela during the telephone conversation with the Russian leader. Pompeo reiterated this during his speech on Fox saying: "We want (Venezuela) to be autonomous, independent, a sovereign state, with democratically elected officials. This is what we want for the people of Venezuela. " Secretary Pompeo assured that "several conversations are taking place", not only by the United States. if not also on the part of the Lima Group and the Organization of American States, OAS. Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister held a meeting with the foreign minister of the government in dispute in Venezuela , Jorge Arreaza.

   At the start of a meeting in Moscow, Lavrov condemned what he called a campaign organized by the United States. to overthrow Maduro. He urged Washington to cancel its "irresponsible" plans. According to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday, quoted by the Russian state agency TASS, the meeting expected the parties to exchange "views on the situation in and around Venezuela after the attempted coup in that country, as well as on the perspectives of political and diplomatic solution of the differences within the Venezuelan constitution and the options for the international mediation efforts to promote the dialogue between the government, and the opposition". The Fox interview was not the only occasion this weekend that Pompeo referred to the Venezuelan issue. In a short video posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, he sent a message to Venezuelans. "The US sees its brave actions, we see how they proudly claim the freedom and democracy that by right is theirs, we admire them, we are with you," said Pompeo.

MAY 6,  2019

JUAN GUAIDO SAYS THAT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COULD APPROVE A US MILITARY INTERVENTION IN VENEZUELA

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --     VENEZUELA'S INTERIM PRESIDENT Juan Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, described as great news that the US Department of Defense does not rule out any scenario. Guaidó said in an interview to the newspaper The Washington Post that the National Assembly would "probably" study the option of a US military intervention in Venezuela and that, "if necessary," it would even approve it.

    "Dear friend, Ambassador John Bolton, thank you for all the help you have given to this just cause, thank you for the option, we will evaluate it and the Assembly will probably take it into account in order to resolve this crisis. The NA might approve it, "answered Guaidó when asked if he would accept an intervention by the US Armed Forces in Venezuela. The president of the National Assembly affirmed that this would be his answer if Bolton, National Security Adviser of the White House and one of the toughest voices with the Government of Nicolás Maduro in Washington, put at his disposal American troops.

     Although the US is in favor of giving space to a possible peaceful transition, the acting head of the Pentagon, Patrick Shanahan, said last Friday, after meeting with Bolton, that "all options are on the table." In the course of the interview, Guaidó, who has been recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, described as "great news" the fact that the US Department of Defense does not discard any scenario. "It's great news for Venezuela because we are evaluating all the options, it's good to know that important allies, like the US, are also analyzing all the options, which gives us the possibility to know that, if we need military cooperation, we can have it," he stated.

u.s. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: NICOLAS MADURO IS ONLY "RULING FOR THE MOMENT"

       WASHINGTON, D.C.  --    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is only "ruling for the moment" despite last week's failed effort by opposition leader Juan Guaido to overthrow his regime. The top U.S. diplomat told "Fox News Sunday," "Maduro can't feel good about the security of his position." He said Maduro's days as the Venezuelan leader are numbered, but offered no timetable. Guaido, the interim president of Venezuela, led thousands of his countrymen into the streets of the capital, Caracas, for two days last week in protest of Maduro's socialist government, but top military commanders did not heed Guaido's call to join him in seeking Maduro's ouster. Five demonstrators were killed in clashes with police.

     Top U.S. officials throughout the week praised the efforts to overthrow Maduro government as its fall appeared possible. But Pompeo rejected the suggestion that the aborted takeover was a U.S. intelligence failure. "No, not at all," Pompeo said. He said the United States will continue to offer support for "restoring democracy for the Venezuelan people." Pompeo called on Russia, Cuba and Iran to end their support for the Maduro regime. "We want everyone out," he said. Pompeo, as he has in recent days, declined to rule out a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. But neither Pompeo nor President Donald Trump has said under what circumstances the U.S. might send troops to the South American country.

     "I'm very confident that any action we took in Venezuela would be lawful," Pompeo said, dismissing concerns that Congress would need to approve an incursion. Guaido is considered Venezuela’s legitimate leader by the U.S. and 50 other countries. "Without the Cubans, there would be no possibility he would still be in power. They are -- they are at the center of this," the secretary said, noting Cuban security forces are guarding Maduro. "Oh, the Russians -- the Russians need to get out, too," Pompeo said. "We want every country -- Iran is in there today. They need to leave as well. Every country that is interfering with the Venezuelan people's right to restore their own democracy needs to leave."

ANY ACTION IMPLEMENTED BY THE U.S. IN VENEZUELA, INCLUDING MILITARY ACTION, WOULD BE LEGAL, AFFIRMS SECRETARY MIKE POMPEO

    washington, d.c.    --     The president of the United States, Donald Trump, calls his US Secretary of State. UU., Mike Pompeo, to speak during a presidential memorandum that signs the initiative "World Development of Women and Prosperity" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo affirmed that any action required by the US on Venezuela, including the military one, would be "legal".

      According to what was published by the national press, Pompeo during a speech on ABC's 'This Week' program, assured again that Washington has "a wide range of options" in relation to Venezuela for which "we are preparing". Pompeo explained that these include "diplomatic options, political options, options with our allies and, finally, a set of options that involve the use of the US Army."
 

     When asked if US President Donald Trump believes he could intervene militarily in Venezuela without the approval of Congress, Pompeo argued for the legitimacy of such a scenario. "The president has a wide range of powers under Article 2 and I am confident that any action we take in Venezuela would be legal," he said. Pompeo expressed himself in these terms after this Wednesday did not rule out the possibility of a "military action" in Venezuela if the situation "requires it". "Military action is possible. If what is required is that, that will be what the US does, "said Pompeo.

MAY 4,  2019

VENEZUELAN INTERIM PRESIDENT JUAN GUAIDO CALLS TO MOBILIZE THE OPPOSITION AROUND DICTATOR MADURO'S MILITARY INSTALLATIONS

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    The opposition leader Juan Guaidó calls for a new mobilization, this time in AAROUND of the military installations in its attempt to win over the armed forces. The man recognized by the United States and half a hundred countries as the legitimate president of Venezuela calls his followers to carry his message to the soldiers on Saturday morning. Guaidó told a news conference on Friday that Venezuelans should try to talk to soldiers across the country and tell them to join the movement. The 35-year-old legislator tries to win the support of the military, but President Nicolás Maduro maintains control despite the alleged dissatisfaction among the troops. Few heard the call of Guaidó to an uprising on Tuesday.

     The armed forces are traditionally the arbiter of political disputes in the South American nation. Human rights groups say a 15-year-old boy is the latest victim of riots in Venezuela. The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflictivity reported Friday that Yonder Villasmil died during a protest in the state of Merida, in the northwest. Villasmil died Thursday night during a demonstration over power outages. It is the fifth death denounced in the protests that shake the nation since Tuesday, when the opposition leader Juan Guaidó tried to provoke a military uprising. The clashes have left more than 200 injured. Zzz

     According to the observatory, 58 people have died in the protests so far this year. The nation struggles in a struggle for power between Guaidó and President Nicolás Maduro, whose government is detested by a good part of the population, plunged into an economic and humanitarian crisis. The Venezuelan ambassador in Madrid criticizes the Spanish government for allowing a prominent opponent of President Nicolás Maduro to speak publicly from his refuge at the Spanish embassy in Caracas. Opposition activist Leopoldo López spoke to the press on Thursday at the door of the Spanish ambassador's home in the Venezuelan capital, days after violating his house arrest to join an attempted coup led by Juan Guaidó.

THE PENTAGON CONSIDERS MILITARY OPERATIONS FOR VENEZUELA ACCORDING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES

       WASHINGTON, D.C.  --    US interim defense secretary Patrick Shanahan said the United States is handling military options for Venezuela ACCORDING to the circumstances on the ground. "We have a full set of options adapted to certain circumstances," Shanahan told reporters after meeting with officials at the Pentagon to discuss the crisis in the South American country. "I do not think we have intelligence gaps. I think we have the relevant reports, "Shanahan told reporters after meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton.

     The secretary of defense, who canceled a trip to Europe at the last minute due to the situation in Venezuela, said that "as conditions change (in the field), we make modifications and adjustments," he said, refusing to specify operations. military planned. Shanahan recalled Trump's repeated warnings that "all options" are on the table. "Everything would include everything, I want to avoid entering into what we could do this or that. What people should have is confidence that our plans (...) have depth, "he said. Asked about the possibility of a naval deployment in Venezuela, he simply replied: "There is a lot of water nearby".

      "Cuba and Russia send troops to support Maduro in Venezuela ... while we speak / sanction. Where is our aircraft carrier? "He wrote on Twitter. The United States, the first country to recognize Guaidó as interim president on January 23, has adopted strict economic sanctions to force the exit of Maduro, who has in particular the support of Cuba, Russia and China. Pompeo on Wednesday reiterated the possibility of a military option to force a change of government in Caracas, labeled a "dictatorship" by Washington. "The president has been very clear and incredibly coherent. Military action is possible. If that is what is required, that is what the United States will do, "Pompeo told Fox Business Network.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKS VLADIMIR PUTIN FOR "COOPERATION" FOR A "PEACEFUL TRANSITION IN VENEZUELA...WOW!!...WOW!!

    washington, d.c.    --     Trump and Putin talk about Venezuela; The US calls for cooperation for a "peaceful transition". Donald Trump spoke on Friday for more than an hour with Vladimir Putin on the situation in Venezuela, as well as on Ukraine, North Korea and a possible new "nuclear agreement" that would potentially include China. "The president reiterated the need for a peaceful transition" in Venezuela, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, speaking to reporters. "The president will do what is required if necessary," stressed the spokeswoman for Trump.

     In his conversation with Putin, the US president made it "clear that the United States is on the side of the people of Venezuela," according to Sanders, who avoided criticizing Russia's actions in the South American country, as other White House figures have done. The United States holds Russia and Cuba responsible for the stay in power of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which neither Trump nor the leaders of 50 other countries recognize as legitimate.

     Maduro appoints a new director of the Bolivarian National Police. Nicolás Maduro appointed General Elio Estrada Paredes on Friday as director of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB), replacing Carlos Pérez Ampueda. The information was confirmed by the Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol. Estrada worked to date as commander of the 43rd National Guard Zone. 

MAY 3,  2019

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ FREE FROM HOUSE ARREST

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    Leopoldo López explained after his release that the soldiers in charge of overseeing his house arrest had decided to turn his back on Maduro and support Guaidó. The opposition leader got the benefit of "house by jail" in July of 2017 to purge his sentence to almost 14 years for inciting violence in the opposition revolts of 2014.

      Economist, a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, Leopoldo López Mendoza was born in Caracas on April 29, 1971. In 2000 he founded, together with Julio Borges, Henrique Capriles Radonski, Carlos Ocariz and other young leaders Primero Justicia, one of the symbols of the opposition to the Chávez government. Then he obtained a comfortable victory as mayor of the municipality of Chacao, one of the jurisdictions of the upper middle class in Caracas and one of the opposition strongholds of the country. López is the leader of Voluntad Popular, a party founded in 2009. Despite the conservative and accommodating origins of his family and the influences of his education, the politician insisted on giving his party a social democratic identity as an alternative to Chavez.

      The opposition leader was arrested in February 2014 and sentenced in September 2015 to serve a sentence of nearly 14 years in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, instigation and destruction of public property. He was confined in Ramo Verde until his house arrest. Spain has granted the nationality to López's parents - the PP has recently signed Leopoldo López, father of the opposition, to be on the lists for the European elections on May 26 - and other relatives of his and welcomes other opposition leaders, as the former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, who fled Venezuela, and the activist Lorent Saleh, who was released.

THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE OF VENEZUELA ISSUE ARREST WARRANT FOR LEOPOLDO LOPEZ

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA  --    The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela reported Thursday that a Caracas Court revoked the measure of home detention against Leopoldo López "for flagrantly violating it, in addition to violating the measure referring to the condition regarding political pronouncements by conventional and unconventional, national and international, demonstrating with it the non-subjection to the measures ". Leopoldo López, sentenced to almost 14 years in prison in 2015 and who had been serving house arrest since 2017, appeared on Tuesday with Juan Guaidó, who led a civic-military uprising in Venezuela.

     Lopez told CNN en Español that he left the home prison after receiving Guaidó's pardon, but also that he was released by a "military movement" that joined Guaidó. Lopez is currently in the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, confirmed the Secretary of State for Communication of Spain in a message to media this May 1. "In view of the above, the court in its decision issued arrest warrant directed to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) against the citizen Leopoldo López. The Fifth Court of Execution orders that the aforementioned citizen continue to serve his sentence of 13 years in prison -of which he has served five years, two months and twelve days- in the National Military Processing Center of Ramo Verde (Cenapromil), "he said. the communiqué of the Supreme Court of Justice.

     On Tuesday afternoon, Chilean Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero tweeted that Lilian Tintori, Lopez's wife, and daughter "entered as guests to our diplomatic mission in Caracas" and that the Venezuelan opposition leader was also with them. Later, in another tweet, Ampuero said that, considering that the Chilean embassy "already had guests," Lopez and Tintori had moved to the Spanish embassy in Caracas. Accused, imprisoned and now released: this was the course of Leopoldo López. López and his wife have Spanish ancestry.
 

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ TAKE  REFUGE IN THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN IN CARACAS

    CARACAS, VENEZUELA    --     The Spanish government has confirmed this Wednesday that the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, together with his wife, Lilian Tintori, and his daughter -the couple has another daughter and a son- are in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas. As reported by the Executive of Pedro Sanchez, the three are welcomed into the residence of the Spanish ambassador, Jesus Silva Fernandez. The ambassador's home constitutes inviolable territory, as do the embassies and consulates, so the Venezuelan politician can not be detained there. Lopez has not requested political asylum, as confirmed by Spanish government sources.

     The situation of Leopoldo López puts diplomatic difficulties in Spain, which has not broken relations with the regime of Nicolás Maduro, but has recognized Guaidó as president in charge of calling elections. After attending the Chilean embassy in Caracas at first, Lopez and his family have expressed their desire to stay in the Spanish legation and the Executive of Pedro Sanchez has given his approval to this transfer. Despite the crisis unleashed in Venezuela and its repercussions in Spain, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell has maintained his work agenda, which on Wednesday included a trip to Jordan, whose capital has already landed.

     Lopez, one of the opposition leaders most noted by Chavez, who had been under house arrest since July 2017 for a conviction for incitement to violence, was released on Tuesday by a group of Venezuelan military officials close to the interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. The clashes unleashed between forces of the Chavez government and opponents on Tuesday caused injuries to about a hundred people. Both Guaidó and the Government of Nicolás Maduro have called to go out again on Wednesday to the streets .

MAY 2,  2019

MIKE POMPEO: MADURO LOYALISTS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR 'A GOLDEN TICKET " OUT OF THE REGIME

       WASHINGTON, D.C.     Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro’s cronies are looking for a “golden ticket” out of the regime, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I think we see leaders inside of Maduro's inner circle now trying to figure out what the golden ticket looks like,” Pompeo told the Hill’s Newsmaker Series Monday morning. “'What does it look like if I leave?' When they start asking those questions, surely some of them will decide that there are better times ahead not supporting that thug.”

U.S. officials have struggled to fracture the regime since January, when President Trump recognized top opposition lawmaker Juan Guaidó as the interim president of the country. Maduro refuses to relinquish power and the military remains resolute behind him, buttressed by Cuban security services and roving gangs of "colectivos" that have cracked down on protesters. “They will be in a far better place if they chose a different path,” Pompeo said of Maduro’s Cuban backers. “We are making the same case to all the parties that are supporting Maduro. Certainly the people inside his own military, his own army. The Cubans, the next ring out. The Russians.”

Trump’s team has been intensifying sanctions on Cuba, partly because of the Communist regime’s key role in providing security assistance to Maduro. But as the regime’s top military commanders remain unified, U.S. officials are trying to undermine Maduro's remaining civilian support by assuring the PSUV political party that it has a future after Maduro. “We believe the Maduro regime must come to an end for Venezuela to recover democracy and prosperity, but like all of the country’s citizens, PSUV is entitled to a role in rebuilding Venezuela,” special representative Elliott Abrams, the top U.S. diplomat for the crisis, said last week. “You in the PSUV are entitled to run in free elections and try to convince your fellow citizens of the value of your policy.” “There are many efforts in the State Department to restore democracy to the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said. “It is an imperative. It’s in our space, it’s here in the Western Hemisphere.”

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP THREATENS A 'COMPLETE EMBARGO' ON CUBA IF IT DOES NOT LEAVE VENEZUELA

       WASHINGTON, D.C.      --      President Donald Trump threatened Cuba on Tuesday with a "total embargo" if his troops and militias do not leave Venezuela. Trump wrote the threat on Twitter amid tension in Venezuela, where the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, has called for a popular rebellion against the regime of Nicolás Maduro.

      "If the Cuban Troops and Militias do not immediately STOP the military and other operations with the purpose of causing the death and destruction of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo will be imposed, along with the highest level of sanctions," Trump wrote, adding that "I wish all Cuban soldiers returned to their island without delay and in peace!" Trump did not clarify exactly what would be the "total embargo" with which he has threatened the island.

     The United States, in an unprecedented decision, this month lifted the suspension of Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, which allows Cuban-Americans and US citizens to sue companies that deal with assets seized by Fidel Castro's revolution. The measure, rejected by Havana, is a blow to the weak economy of the island, which urgently needs foreign investment. The White House has been very critical of Cuba's role in Venezuela, accusing the island of stealing the wealth of that country and supporting the Maduro regime with military and intelligence support. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez has denied the presence of Cuban troops in Venezuela, although he maintains the official line of unrestricted solidarity with the regime.

WHY RUSSIA STILL SUPPORTS THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP

    WASHINGTON, D.C.   --      Nicolás Maduro had everything ready to escape by air. The initial destination would be Cuba. Some believe it was just a stopover to cross the Atlantic. Others indicate that the chosen island was the Dominican Republic . The aircraft that would move it to allied land was ready to be boarded. But an order issued by the Kremlin forced him to change his plans and take refuge in the Miraflores Palace . The government of Vladimir Putin urged him to remain in Caracas.

     The revelation was made by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Tuesday afternoon. "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning (for yesterday) and the Russians told him he should stay." It happened a few hours after the interim president Juan Guaidó managed to free Leopoldo López with loyal soldiers. It took less than 24 hours for Moscow to try to tone down the statements of Donald Trump's chancellor by saying he was "misinforming." It will not be long before Caracas also tries a denial.

     The truth is that nothing was learned from Maduro during the critical day of this Tuesday when the Venezuelans took to the streets and were brutally repressed by para-police and the National Guard. The images that traveled the world recalled the events of Tiananmen, Beijing, in 1989. Parables of history: the tanks with which the Chavista dictatorship was attacking the demonstrators were of Chinese origin. The usurper, as Guaidó calls him, only showed up at night to say that the high commands stayed with him. Diosdado Cabello, patron of the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, was the only one who showed signs of resistance in power. His direct chief only evaluated escape routes and the most rehearsed was an airplane bound for Havana. It was there when he heard the Russian order and changed his decision.

MAY FIRST,  2019

LEOPOLDO LOPEZ AND HIS FAMILY TOOK REFUGE IN THE CHILEAN EMBASSY

       CARACAS, VENEZUELA     --     Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, released Tuesday from house arrest by military supporters of Juan Guaidó, took refuge with his wife and one of his three children at the Chilean embassy in Caracas, the Chilean Foreign Ministry reported. In a Twitter message, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile stated that "Lilian Tintori and her daughter entered as guests of our diplomatic mission in Caracas." A few minutes ago his spouse, Leopoldo López, joined him and his family. said place, Chile reaffirms commitment with Venezuelan democrats ".

      Detained in 2014, López had been serving a prison sentence of almost 14 years in prison since 2017, accused of inciting violent protests against the Chavez government. At the start of Tuesday's military uprising against President Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaidó appeared in La Carlota, the country's main air base, along with a small group of uniformed and Leopoldo López, who said he was "freed" by military personnel. his house arrest.

     In the same Chilean diplomatic residence in Caracas, the opposition deputy Freddy Guevara has been a "guest" for one year and five months. Five other Venezuelan judges - elected by the Venezuelan Congress, with an opposition majority - were also received at the Chilean residence but managed to leave their country and are currently in Chile, under political asylum. Chile is part of the Lima Group, which on Tuesday announced an emergency meeting. Created in 2017 by a dozen American countries, including Canada, the Group seeks a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

MIKE POMPEO: DICTATOR NICOLAS MADURO WAS READY TO LEAVE VENEZUELA, BUT RUSSIA DISSUADED HIM

       WASHINGTON, D.C.     --   "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning, for all we know, and the Russians told him he should stay," said the head of US diplomacy. The head of US diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, said Tuesday that President Nicolás Maduro was ready to leave Venezuela but Russia dissuaded him. "He had a plane on the runway, he was ready to leave this morning, for all we know, and the Russians told him he should stay," Pompeo said in an interview with CNN in which he said the president planned to flee to Havana. When asked if he had a message for the president, Pompeo simply said "turn on the plane."

     The secretary of state, a former director of the CIA, refused to give the source of this information but said that the United States has interviewed "dozens and dozens of people in the field," in addition to other materials. The White House said earlier that three senior officials of the Venezuelan government, including the defense minister, had pledged to "support the overthrow" of Maduro. China, Cuba and Russia remain key allies of Maduro, who is in command of a country with an acute economic crisis, with an inflation projected by the IMF of 10,000,000% for this year, and a deep humanitarian crisis derived from the shortage that has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee the country. Many US officials accuse Cuba of being one of Maduro's mainstays. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called Bolton a "pathological liar who misinforms" Trump, and assured that there are no Cuban troops in Venezuela. "With regard to the Cubans, we had the opportunity to inform them that it seems unacceptable that they are protecting this bully," said the Secretary of State. US President Donald Trump threatened Cuba with a "total" embargo and sanctions if he does not cease supporting the Venezuelan president, at a time when the island is already under heavy penalties.

GRUPO DE LIMA URGES DICTATOR MADURO TO  CEASE THE USURPATION IN MIRAFLORES

     LIMA, PERU  --      The governments of the countries attached to the Lima Group summarize their opinion on the Venezuelan crisis through a press release in which the group’s reiterated their support for the president in charge Juan Guaidó. The Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group: 1) Express their full support for the constitutional and popular process undertaken by the Venezuelan people, under the leadership of the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, to recover democracy in Venezuela; and they reject to qualify this process as a coup d'état. 2) They demand full respect for the life, integrity and freedom of all Venezuelans, and in particular, of all the members of the National Assembly and of all the leaders of the Venezuelan democratic political forces, as well as the immediate liberation of the political prisoners.

     3) Renew their call to the Venezuelan National Armed Forces to show their loyalty to the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, in his constitutional function as Commander-in-Chief of the same; and so that, faithful to their constitutional mandate to be at the exclusive service of the Nation and not to a person, cease to serve as instruments of the illegitimate regime for the oppression of the Venezuelan people and the systematic violation of their human rights. 4) Nicolás Maduro is ordered to cease the usurpation, so that the democratic transition, the constitutional normalization and the economic and social reconstruction of Venezuela can begin.

    5) They warn of the direct responsibility of Nicolás Maduro and the armed and intelligence bodies at the service of his illegitimate regime for the indiscriminate use of violence to repress the process of democratic transition and the reestablishment of the rule of law in Venezuela. 6) Urge the international community to closely monitor the evolution of events and offer their political and diplomatic support to the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people to return to live in democracy and freedom, without the oppression of the illegitimate and dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro . 7) They declare themselves in permanent session, and decide to meet face-to-face next Friday, May 3, in the city of Lima, Peru.


 

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