from Fort Russ
The attempted coup d’état initiated by opposition leader Juan Guaidó
at Francisco de Miranda’s military base aims to “justify a military
intervention by the US government,” opines the analyst and former
director of International Relations of the Presidency of the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela, Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein.
Rodriguez Gelfenstein estimates that the uprising on Tuesday morning
at the military base known as “La Carlota” happened “far from the
Government Palace” and did not have substantial support from the people
and the Armed Forces.
In fact, said the analyst, “many of the soldiers retired because they
said they were deceived” to participate in the action deployed near La
Carlota by Guaidó and Leopoldo López, who left his house despite being
under house arrest.
Gelfenstein commented that “thirty soldiers supporting Guaidó do not
compare to the 335,000 men and 2 million militiamen” that make up the
Armed Forces of Venezuela. The numbers, however, are disputed.
Independent analysis, however, shows that no more than 200,000 men and
women form the militias, and it is not possible to confirm the number of
soldiers still loyal to the Maduro government.
Rodriguez Gelfenstein noted that “it is clear” that the coup attempt
would not overthrow the Nicolas Maduro government, but warned of the
true purpose behind the maneuver...
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