Venezuela Calls for Expanding Armed Civilian Militias To Counter U.S.-Backed Opposition

Venezuela is continuing to endure violent protests from U.S.-funded right-wing opposition groups that seek to destabilize the country and remove its socialist leadership from power. But now, the country’s president is calling for expanding armed civilian militias to combat the groups’ threat.
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    Demonstrators throw stones toward the Venezuelan National Guards during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP/Fernando Llano)

    Demonstrators throw stones toward the Venezuelan National Guards during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP/Fernando Llano)

    CHILE– As Venezuela gears up to face a massive protest from U.S.-funded, right-wing opposition groups, embattled President Nicolás Maduro has called for the expansion of armed civilian militias as the threat of more violence on the streets of Caracas continues to grow.

    The militias, created by deceased former president Hugo Chávez to resist “imperialist aggression,” currently consist of about 100,000 members. Maduro’s proposed expansion of the civilian force would increase its size to 500,000. Maduro’s announcement was accompanied by a rousing speech in which he called upon Venezuelans to decide if they are “with the homeland” or against it, adding that “now is not the time to hesitate.”

    The United Nations quickly condemned Maduro’s plan, arguing that it would only exacerbate tensions in the country. But the UN – along with other human rights organizations such as the Organization of American States – have refused to speak out against the violence perpetrated by the foreign-funded opposition.



    The president’s plan to expand the civilian militias comes amid weeks of violent opposition-led protests in the nation’s capital that have seen the deaths of several protestors, with the planned “mother of all protests” set to take place this Wednesday. The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela has also planned a counter-protest for the same day, meaning that clashes between the two groups are almost certain to occur.

    The violence of the recent protests has captured international attention, as years of subtle and subversive foreign intervention against oil-rich Venezuela’s leftist government continues to take its toll. Former U.S. President Barack Obama alone dedicated $5 million to “support political competition-building efforts” in Venezuela. The U.S. is estimated to have spent between $50 to $60 million since Chávez’s election to bolster the country’s right-wing opposition. It should come as no surprise, then, that evidence has emerged showing right-wing politicians and their affiliates paying protesters in cash to violently escalate what would otherwise have been a largely peaceful opposition rally.

    For instance, in one publicly released video, one of the protestors asserted that he was paid $420 to attack the Supreme Court building in Caracas with Molotov cocktails during an April 8 rally. Given that Venezuela’s economy is in tatters and many basic necessities are in short supply due to sanctions and other forms of economic warfare, offers of such large sums of money are likely hard to resist for many opposition members.


    Venezuela’s state of disarray has worsened in recent months following a controversial Supreme Court decision in late March and, just one week later, the barring of opposition leader Henrique Capriles from holding office for over a decade.

    Venezuela’s opposition has repeatedly asserted that Maduro is transforming his presidency into a dictatorship while also blaming him for Venezuela’s economic problems, food shortages and rising crime. However, Maduro and his supporters continue to assert that opposition leaders, bolstered by foreign governments and corporations, are fomenting violence and waging an economic war intended to destabilize his regime in order to return political power to the right wing, which ruled the country prior to Chávez’s rise to power.

    There has been considerable evidence to support Maduro’s claims, though much of it has not been widely reported by the international media. For instance, businesses associated with the opposition have been caught hoarding food and medicine to create the appearance of scarcity and shortages, a tactic long used by the U.S. against leftist Latin American regimes.

    In addition, the Venezuelan opposition is openly funded by the United States and Venezuelan oligarchs who have expressed clear interest in regime change in Venezuela for years. While Maduro’s latest call for increased civilian involvement in protecting his government comes at a key time for the embattled president, it may not be enough to ward off the long-standing efforts to remove the socialists from power in Venezuela.

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    • TeeJae

      Regime Change 101 still in full swing, I see. Can’t allow these countries to have their sovereignty. That would obstruct US hegemony. God forbid.

    • Euclides de oliveira pinto net

      Mesmo com a aptidão natural para as conversações, fica bastante claro que está ocorrendo mais uma tentativa de remover um governo democraticamente eleito, dessa vez na Venezuela… “movimento populares” idênticos já foram realizados em muitos países do mundo, principalmente naqueles países que não aceitam a tentativa da sionista máfia khazarian-banksters-midia-ISISraHELL de impor suas politicas imperialistas. Recentes movimentos ocorreram no Chile, Iraque, Libia, Siria, Paraguai, Uruguai, Brasil e mais dezenas de países de todo o mundo, que são invadidos por “movimentos nacionalistas” através de ONGs financiadas pelos canalhas, como George Soros, um dos mais atuantes “filhos da puta” ainda vivos… a Venezuela está enfrentando a canalha com bravura, mas a midia escrota e venal distorce completamente os fatos, invertendo propositalmente a verdade, a fim de passar uma imagem negativa sobre o apoio popular… como sempre fazem… há que reunir os partidários e resolver as questões pendentes, principalmente localizar os responsáveis pelos delitos que estão sendo praticados, a fim de aplicar as penalidades previstas…

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    • tapatio

      AMERICA’S “REGIME CHANGE” AROUND THE WORLD.

      -THESE ASSAULTS WERE ALL AGAINST GOVERNMENTS WHO DID NOT “COOPERATE” WITH THE CORPORATIONS WHICH CONTROL THE CORPORATE STATES OF AMERIKA. MOST WERE AGAINST PROPERLY ELECTED GOVERNMENTS – NOT “EVIL” DICTATORS.
      -EACH OF THE CHANGES/ATTEMPTED CHANGES BELOW WAS ENTIRELY MOTIVATED BY BANK/CORPORATE INTERESTS.
      -EACH INVOLVED VIOLENCE, MURDERING FROM A FEW TO OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE PER INSTANCE.
      -NOT ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES POSED ANY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES.
      -EACH REGIME CHANGE OPERATION WAS FINANCED BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND BENEFITTED ONLY CORPORATE INTERESTS.
      -EACH REGIME CHANGE/ATTEMPTED REGIME CHANGE WAS IN VIOLATION OF EXISTING INTERNATIONAL LAWS TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS SIGNATORY.
      -ALMOST ALL INVOLVED PROVEN WAR CRIMES BY THE UNITED STATES, UNDER EXISTING DEFINITIONS AS SIGNED OFF BY THE UNITED STATES.

      IRAN 1946
      YUGOSLAVIA 1946
      URUGUAY 1947
      GREECE 1947-49
      GERMANY 1948
      CHINA 1948-49
      PHILIPPINES 1948-54
      PUERTO RICO 1950
      KOREA 1951-53
      IRAN 1953
      VIETNAM 1954
      GUATEMALA 1954
      EGYPT 1956
      LEBANON l958
      IRAQ 1958
      CHINA l958
      PANAMA 1958
      VIETNAM l960-75 (TWO MILLION+ DEAD)
      CUBA l961
      GERMANY l961
      LAOS 1962
      CUBA l962
      IRAQ 1963
      PANAMA l964
      INDONESIA l965
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66
      GUATEMALA l966-67
      CAMBODIA l969-75 (TWO MILLION + DEAD)
      OMAN l970
      LAOS l971-73
      MIDEAST 1973
      CHILE 1973 (thousands dead)
      CAMBODIA l975
      ANGOLA l976-92
      IRAN l980
      LIBYA l981
      EL SALVADOR l981-92
      NICARAGUA l981-90 (tens of thousands dead)
      LEBANON l982-84
      GRENADA l983-84
      HONDURAS l983-89 (tens of thousands dead)
      IRAN l984 (hundreds of thousands dead)
      LIBYA l986
      BOLIVIA 1986
      IRAN l987-88
      LIBYA 1989
      VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989
      PHILIPPINES 1989
      PANAMA 1989
      LIBERIA 1990
      SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91
      IRAQ 1990-91
      KUWAIT 1991
      IRAQ 1991-2003
      SOMALIA 1992-94
      YUGOSLAVIA 1992-94
      BOSNIA 1993
      HAITI 1994
      ZAIRE (CONGO) 1996-97
      LIBERIA 1997
      ALBANIA 1997
      SUDAN 1998
      AFGHANISTAN 1998
      IRAQ 1998
      YUGOSLAVIA 1999
      YEMEN 2000
      MACEDONIA 2001
      AFGHANISTAN 2001
      YEMEN 2002
      PHILIPPINES 2002
      COLOMBIA 2003
      IRAQ 2003-11 (1.5+ million dead)
      LIBERIA 2003
      HAITI 2004-05
      PAKISTAN 2005
      SOMALIA 2006
      SYRIA 2008
      YEMEN 2009
      LIBYA 2011
      IRAQ 2014
      VENEZUELA 2015 – present
      SYRIA 2014-2017 (hundreds of thousands dead)

    • vc50er

      Nothing is financed by the American Taxpayer. With 164 Million on Welfare the Rich invent their own money.

    • vc50er

      The Main Stream Media is now FACEBOOK.

    • hmmmm I’m a Green a Radical Black Power Faerie & Treehugger for Note- Hugo Chavez’s Legacy really isn’t being taken to the NEXT LEVEL! Why does the Right Capitalist WING even still have Power @ all? is Land Equality a Reality in Venezuela yet?

    • Pippilin

      Someday the US and the oligarchs will pay heavily for all of their greedy meddling.

      • José Sousa

        Yes. Like the russian, chinese, cuban and venezuelan greedy and corrupt politians.
        Give me a help here, if US is the Satan on earth, why millions want to move there and improve their life? For sure they are not perfect and imaculate like China, for example.

        • vc50er

          I’m thinking of moving to South America.

          • José Sousa

            Great! Everyone tells that the life in Venezuela is great! The job market is fantastic.

        • tapatio

          “José Sousa” IS AN ULTRA-RIGHT WING TROLL AND A LIAR. HE/SHE/IT IS EVEN TOO STUPID OR LAZY TO EVEN CAPITALIZE PROPER NOUNS.

          • José Sousa

            ultra-left-wing Estaline lover!
            You’re so basic…
            You are like the ones you have criticized: terrorist, bomber, hate spread, and short IQ.
            Left and right wing are same thing: limited people and herd.
            And you are the most basic link in herd mentality.

            • tapatio

              POOR LITTLE JOEY-JEW SOUSA IS TOO STUPID TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOLLOW THE HASBARA HANDBOOK FOR ZIONAZl PIGS…………….
              http://www.sott.net/signs/hasbara.pdf

              • José Sousa

                Are you oppressing me ???
                Because I’m latino are you calling me names???
                You’re a protonazi, protofacist, kkk member, and skeanhead!!

                • tapatio

                  A$$HOLE, YOU USE A LATINO NAME – THAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU LATINO. I USE A LATINO NAME AND AM SCOTTISH-NORMAN. YOU ARE PROBABLY A “NIEW YAWK” JEW OR JUST A PIECE OF STREET-MEAT PAID TO TROLL.

                  btw………..What might a “skeanhead be??? Like a skein of yarn? DUMBA$$
                  Chico judío.

    • tapatio

      HOW MANY VENEZUELANS WILL THE CIA MURDER THIS TIME???

      AMERICA’S REGIME CHANGE ATTEMPTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES (most were successful).

      -EACH OF THE CHANGES/ATTEMPTED CHANGES BELOW WAS ENTIRELY MOTIVATED BY BANK/CORPORATE INTERESTS.
      -EACH INVOLVED VIOLENCE, MURDERING FROM A FEW TO OVER TWO MILLION PEOPLE PER INSTANCE.
      -NOT ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES POSED ANY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES.
      -EACH WAS FINANCED BY THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND BENEFITTED ONLY CORPORATE INTERESTS.
      -EACH REGIME CHANGE/ATTEMPTED REGIME CHANGE WAS IN VIOLATION OF EXISTING INTERNATIONAL LAWS TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS SIGNATORY.
      -ALMOST ALL INVOLVED PROVEN WAR CRIMES BY THE UNITED STATES, UNDER EXISTING DEFINITIONS AS SIGNED OFF BY THE UNITED STATES.

      IRAN 1946
      YUGOSLAVIA 1946
      URUGUAY 1947
      GREECE 1947-49
      GERMANY 1948
      CHINA 1948-49
      PHILIPPINES 1948-54
      PUERTO RICO 1950
      KOREA 1951-53
      IRAN 1953
      VIETNAM 1954
      GUATEMALA 1954
      EGYPT 1956
      LEBANON l958
      IRAQ 1958
      CHINA l958
      PANAMA 1958
      VIETNAM l960-75 (TWO MILLION+ DEAD)
      CUBA l961
      GERMANY l961
      LAOS 1962
      CUBA l962
      IRAQ 1963
      PANAMA l964
      INDONESIA l965
      DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66
      GUATEMALA l966-67
      CAMBODIA l969-75 (TWO MILLION + DEAD)
      OMAN l970
      LAOS l971-73
      MIDEAST 1973
      CHILE 1973 (thousands dead)
      CAMBODIA l975
      ANGOLA l976-92
      IRAN l980
      LIBYA l981
      EL SALVADOR l981-92
      NICARAGUA l981-90 (tens of thousands dead)
      LEBANON l982-84
      GRENADA l983-84
      HONDURAS l983-89 (tens of thousands dead)
      IRAN l984 (hundreds of thousands dead)
      LIBYA l986
      BOLIVIA 1986
      IRAN l987-88
      LIBYA 1989
      VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989
      PHILIPPINES 1989
      PANAMA 1989
      LIBERIA 1990
      SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91
      IRAQ 1990-91
      KUWAIT 1991
      IRAQ 1991-2003
      SOMALIA 1992-94
      YUGOSLAVIA 1992-94
      BOSNIA 1993
      HAITI 1994
      ZAIRE (CONGO) 1996-97
      LIBERIA 1997
      ALBANIA 1997
      SUDAN 1998
      AFGHANISTAN 1998
      IRAQ 1998
      YUGOSLAVIA 1999
      YEMEN 2000
      MACEDONIA 2001
      AFGHANISTAN 2001
      YEMEN 2002
      PHILIPPINES 2002
      COLOMBIA 2003
      IRAQ 2003-11 (1.5+ million dead)
      LIBERIA 2003
      HAITI 2004-05
      PAKISTAN 2005
      SOMALIA 2006
      SYRIA 2008
      YEMEN 2009
      LIBYA 2011
      IRAQ 2014
      SYRIA 2014-2017 (hundreds of thousands dead)

      • José Sousa

        So the people starving in Venezuela are Cia agents…
        What a clown you are.

        • tapatio

          Hijo de la verga, people are hungry because the banks and CIA are destabilizing Venezuela’s economy

          • José Sousa

            You are so ignorant…
            People are hungry because terrible managent of the bus driver, Maduro. He destroyed the country economy. The crime, corruption and incompetence are a consequence of greedy politicians. They like to speak in the name of the people, but they are just common thiefs, ignorant and corrupt socialists.
            If the country don’t have industry, don’t produce basic food and want to import everything with oill money , what to expect?
            Comunists love to blame capitalism for all their failures. Their ideias are so perfect, but people are always starving…
            Stupid Che lover. Kids killer.

            • Land Inequality is the Problem! #EEPP aka Money is STUPID & always has been!

              • José Sousa

                So, the millions of people that live in the cities and towns are starving because of land inequality?

          • David Bart

            This is ridiculous, People is starving because the current regime expropriated all the local industry and took down the whole Venezuelan agriculture system. All these, because they all have their own business with importing food from many places that will then sell at elevated prices to the public that can not afford.
            I’m a Venezuelan and my family still lives there, and even though US is waiting like vaulters the political turmoil in Venezuela, it is not just a US back opposition. it is 90% of the people tired of the armed militias, killing like Sicarios when ever they please and under official compliance.
            All of you vulgar Communists rats only use bad words and behavior to defend your self’s against a reality that cannot be hidden any more. Don’t try to block the Sun with one finger.

            As for the Journalist who wrote the article and Mitn Press. I do respect the alternative press and sup[port it, but need to get better informed about this types of issues, you are seriously misled in this scenario. It is insulting for the people who has lost their kids, mother and fathers in the streets of Venezuela and all those who have to make endless lines risking their life everyday to find what ever is available if anything to feed their families.

    • José Sousa

      What a joke, this report.

      • tapatio

        Parece que eres la broma, pendejo.

        • José Sousa

          Parasita.
          Amante de assasinos: Che. Mayor hijo da puta, seguido de Lenine, Hitller, Mao,…

          • tapatio

            LOL. Chinga tu madre.

            • José Sousa

              Su madre ya se puede sentar?
              Pobrecita…