The government says that military deserters plan violent raids in Venezuela with the help of the US.


Caracas, March 2 (EFE) .- The Venezuelan government condemned Saturday that the more than 500 soldiers who have crossed over the border to Colombia in recent days are planning a violent raid in the country with the support of the United States.

"I condemn and warn the country that the narco-government of Iván Duque, with the excuse of the" refugee status "granted to the mercenaries and traitors who fled the previous 23F, uses the UNHCR in Cúcuta to cover accommodation logistics, " he said. in the social network Twitter the chavista leader Freddy Bernal.

The civil servant, appointed by the Nicolás Maduro government as the highest authority in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, bordering Colombia, referred to the missions that began last Saturday amidst the anti-government protests in that region that resulted in 300 wounded.

He noted that the group of deserters, which according to Migration reaches Colombia 567, is led by retired General Cliver Alcalá, a former defender of Chavismo, "and it is a false positive to delegitimize the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations. Agency for refugees UNHCR.

"They are planning to do violent raids against Venezuela in the coming days with weapons bought by the United States in Eastern Europe," continued Bernal.

The Spokesman of the so-called Bolivarian Revolution asked the UNHCR to speak out and "immediately make an evaluation of the use made by the narco-government of Colombia of this noble agency and the status of" refugees "for this mercenary soldiers housed in Cúcuta. & # 39;

The agents who left Venezuela do so in response to an appeal by the head of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, which he has sworn to take on as the country's interim president with a view to damaging Maduro as the Presidency, and has the support of fifty countries, including Colombia.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said this week that there are at least 109 deserters, for whom he called for the relegation and expulsion of the Bolivarian forces (FANB), a body that according to his words & ld .: loyal & # 39; is up to Maduro. . EFE