By Jim Byrne for FRN –
While speaking in front of a large crowd for a military parade on Saturday, August 4th, a small drone flew in the direction of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and exploded, missing him but injuring seven soldiers.
The soldiers were rushed to the nearby hospital to be treated, and Maduro was escorted quickly to safety and met with his security advisers.
Maduro has since appeared on national television and proclaimed “I am alive and victorious!”
The Venezuelan President has in turn announced that the investigation into his attempted assassination has already made significant progress: “preliminary investigation indicates that many of those responsible for the attack, the financiers and planners, live in the United States in the state of Florida.”
Moment Nicolás Maduro’s speech cut midway by explosion, panic ensues
— RT (@RT_com) August 5, 2018
Maduro has said that he has “no doubt” that the perpetrators include US-backed Colombian and Venezuelan terrorists, including outgoing Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos himself, engaged in a “right-wing plot” to overthrow Maduro.
“I hope the Trump administration is willing to fight terrorist groups that commit attacks in peaceful countries on our continent, in this case Venezuela”, Maduro proclaimed on national television.
Indeed, it would not be a conspiracy to suggest that the Venezuelan opposition, which is no stranger to terrorist tactics to achieve their aims of disruption, is behind this. As logically follows, it would by no means be hyperbole to suggest that the CIA and US government have a hand in this.
Evidence to support this is not only the overall track record of US Imperialism in Latin America, notorious for coup d’etats, disappearances, and support for brutal military dictatorships, but more recently, the coup attempts in Venezuela in April 2002 and two attempts at destabilization using the guarimbas in 2014 and 2017.
US Imperialism and the Venezuelan comprador bourgeoisie have proven unsuccessful at dislodging the Bolívarian Revolution from power. They’ve lost dozens of elections and most recently, Maduro was re-elected President, and regional and local elections saw a consolidation of wins for the PSUV and revolutionary groups. It is no wonder they are stooping to desperate tactics like this drone attempt.
Today’s event also takes place just days after Maduro reached crucial new agreements with the peasant movement. Maduro wants to meet their demands for (1) security from the political assassinations of campesinos by Colombian paramilitaries, (2) more land to farm, and (3) credits and technology.
Additionally, Maduro has unleashed investigations against corrupt bureaucrats who sabotaged the state oil company. This represents a continuation of the deepening of the Bolivarian revolution amidst the food crisis caused by capitalist hoarders.
It can be safely assumed that the Bolivarian security forces will pursue the perpetrators of this assassination attempt and the popular forces of Venezuela will secure their areas in case of an escalation from nearby Colombia, which was recently made a member of NATO by the US.
Jim Byrne is an anti-war organizer and solidarity activist in Tucson, Arizona.