[News] Top Brazilian paper reveals Bolsonaro government’s terror plot against Venezuela

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https://thegrayzone.com/2020/01/17/brazil-paper-reveals-bolsonaro-terror-plot-venezuela/ 



  Top Brazilian paper reveals Bolsonaro government’s terror plot against
  Venezuela

*Brazil’s right-wing government attempted to attack Venezuela in a plot 
to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror operation has 
received absolutely no coverage in mainstream US media.*


      By Ben Norton - January 17, 2020

Brazil’s right-wing government helped support military attacks on 
Venezuela in hopes of inciting a coup and violently overthrowing the 
country’s leftist government.

This plan was revealed by a major pro-government newspaper in Brazil. 
Oddly, the shocking story was not covered by any mainstream paper in the 
US or Europe.

Outside a lone report by Venezuela’s state-backed teleSUR 
<https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Complicit-in-Attacks-on-Venezuela-Military-Base-O-Globo-20200102-0010.html> 
— which US-backed coup plotters are now trying to usurp 
<https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Juan-Guaido-Wants-to-Silence-teleSUR-by-Taking-Over-TV-Signal-20200112-0001.html> 
– the story was completely ignored in Anglophone media.

The United States has supported a series of regime-change attempts 
<https://thegrayzone.com/2020/01/01/top-20-the-grayzone-stories-of-2019/> 
against Venezuela’s elected government since 2002. But the details of 
Brazil’s role in the latest coup plot is a novel revelation.

On December 31, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo disclosed the putsch 
plans in an article titled “Attack on barracks by soldiers who took 
refuge in Brazil was part of larger plan against Maduro 
<https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/ataque-quartel-por-militares-que-se-refugiaram-no-brasil-era-parte-de-plano-maior-contra-maduro-24165689>.” 
The subtitle added, “Deserters intended to initiate large-scale military 
uprising, but failed.”

O Globo is one of Brazil’s most widely circulated outlets. It has a 
staunch right-wing editorial line and is infamous for supporting 
Brazil’s fascist military dictatorship between the 1960’s and ’80’s.

The paper maintains close ties to Brazil’s political and military 
establishment. And it consulted with numerous sources to reconstruct the 
plans for the attacks on Venezuela.


      Trilogy: 3 planned attacks on Venezuela, with help from foreign
      countries

With the support of neighboring right-wing countries, Venezuelan 
military defectors planned to launch three military uprisings against 
the Venezuelan government on or around Christmas Eve, according to O Globo.

The official name of the operation was Trilogia (Trilogy). One attack 
targeted Venezuela’s Bolívar state on the southeastern border with 
Brazil. A second attack was planned as an amphibious invasion, and a 
third was to take place near Colombia’s border.

Two of these three planned attacks failed, as only one of the groups 
carried out the orders as planned.

Brazil-backed insurgents crossed into Venezuelan territory and, on 
December 22, attacked the 513 Selva Mariano Montilla infantry battalion 
in Venezuela’s Bolívar state, located roughly 230 kilometers from 
Brazil’s northern-most state Roraima, near the border of the two countries.

A total of 16 Venezuelan military deserters participated in the attack 
on the Mariano Montilla barracks, killing a Venezuelan soldier and 
wounding another.

They stole weapons, including 112 rifles, 120 grenades, three rocket 
launchers, three machine guns, 10, bazookas, and 10 ammunition boxes, 
according to another O Globo report 
<https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/ministro-acusa-brasil-de-envolvimento-em-ataques-bases-militares-na-venezuela-24154923>.

In a parallel operation, Brazil-backed insurgents also attacked soldiers 
in the Venezuelan city of Santa Elena, near the border. But this 
operation ultimately failed.

Unnamed sources told O Globo the ultimate goal of the operation was to 
build a more heavily armed “superior force” to carry out larger and 
larger attacks against Venezuela’s government, kicking off a protracted 
violent insurgency in southern Venezuela, on the border area with Brazil.


      Brazil’s, and Guaidó’s, complicity in the attacks

These attacks on Venezuela had the backing of Brazil’s far-right 
government, led by President Jair Bolsonaro, a fascistic demagogue who 
came to power following a US-backed parliamentary and legal coup that 
forced Brazil’s center-left Workers’ Party from power.

Bolsonaro has pledged to purge, imprison, and exile leftists 
<https://theconversation.com/bolsonaro-wins-brazil-election-promises-to-purge-leftists-from-country-105481>, 
and has staunchly defended his country’s previous military dictatorship, 
while heaping praise on the murderous junta of US-backed Chilean 
dictator Augusto Pinochet 
<https://apnews.com/3506a62c508e43dcb9687866687c9a8c>.

Before and after the attacks on Venezuela, according to O Globo, there 
were “high-level communications” between Brazil’s Foreign Ministry and 
the coup regime of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Guaidó, who the United States has been trying to forcibly install as the 
head of state of Venezuela, had been recognized by Bolsonaro as the 
supposed “president” of the country although he was never elected to the 
position.

Guaidó and Bolsonaro had met and publicly demanded the ouster of 
Venezuela’s elected, UN-recognized President Nicolás Maduro 
<https://thegrayzone.com/2019/08/06/interview-venezuelan-president-nicolas-maduro/>.

    #Brasil
    <https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brasil?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>

    Nos reunimos con el Presidente @jairbolsonaro
    <https://twitter.com/jairbolsonaro?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> para
    continuar fortaleciendo la ayuda humanitaria, evaluar la situación
    en nuestra frontera común y establecer compromisos como parte de los
    próximos pasos para lograr la libertad de Venezuela.
    pic.twitter.com/b06GcRJfaw <https://t.co/b06GcRJfaw>

    — Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) March 1, 2019
    <https://twitter.com/jguaido/status/1101427021882765312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>

According to O Globo, most of the coup-plotters who participated in the 
botched military uprising hid in Venezuela. Many were subsequently arrested.

Yet five of the insurgents crossed back over into Brazil and hid for 
several days among the Taurepang indigenous community in Roraima state. 
Members of this community informed the Brazilian government, which then 
decided to rescue and officially grant refuge to the Venezuelan 
defectors on December 26.

O Globo noted that Venezuela’s foreign-backed right-wing opposition 
expressed “relief” at Bolsonaro’s decision to protect the Venezuelan 
soldiers who had carried out a violent attack on their homeland.

Venezuela’s actual government, on the other hand, harshly condemned the 
Bolsonaro administration for its decision to legally protect the 
coup-plotters, stating that it was “setting a dangerous precedent of 
protection for people who committed flagrant offenses against peace and 
the stability of another state.”

Venezuela has formally requested the extradition 
<https://twitter.com/TarekWiliamSaab/status/1212816087433318400> of the 
five defectors protected by Brazil, but the far-right Bolsonaro 
administration has dismissed Caracas’ requests 
<https://oglobo.globo.com/mundo/governo-brasileiro-vai-ignorar-pedido-de-nicolas-maduro-para-entregar-suspeitos-de-atacar-bases-militares-24157232> 
on the grounds that it does not recognize Maduro’s legitimacy.


      Brazilian media confirms what Venezuelan government said

The O Globo report confirms public statements by Venezuelan government 
officials after the December 22 attack.

Venezuela’s communication minister, Jorge Rodríguez, declared that the 
defectors not only had support from the government of Bolsonaro, but 
were also trained in paramilitary camps in Colombia.

    Estos criminales fueron entrenados en campamentos paramilitares
    plenamente identificados en Colombia, y recibieron la colaboración
    artera del Gob de Jair Bolsonaro

    — Jorge Rodríguez (@jorgerpsuv) December 22, 2019
    <https://twitter.com/jorgerpsuv/status/1208851511666790401?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>

The Venezuelan intelligence services tracked the infiltrators’ movements 
from Brazil, through Peru, and into the Colombian city of Cali, where 
they received training.

Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, wrote, “From Peru they 
enter Colombia and they receive support also from Brazil. This is a 
coup-mongering strategy of triangulation by the governments of the Lima 
Cartel 
<https://thegrayzone.com/2019/07/05/canada-adopts-america-first-foreign-policy-us-state-department-chrystia-freeland/> 
to produce violence, death, and destabilization in Venezuela.”

    Desde Perú entran por Colombia y reciben apoyo también en Brasil. Es
    una estrategia golpista de triangulación de gobiernos del Cartel de
    Lima para producir violencia, muerte y desestabilización política en
    Venezuela. Denunciamos a estos gobiernos ante el mundo. ¡No pasarán!

    — Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) December 23, 2019
    <https://twitter.com/jaarreaza/status/1208900081321226240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>

The coup plotters also entangled local indigenous communities in their 
violent operations, recruiting accomplices from the native groups on the 
border area between Venezuela and Brazil.

Nine members of the local Venezuelan indigenous community were involved 
in the attacks, according to O Globo, and all were arrested for their 
role in the botched coup attempt.

Tensions between Venezuela and Brazil remain at a boiling point. 
However, Maduro has hesitated to sever all ties with the powerful 
neighbor in order to preserve trade between the countries.

Unilateral US sanctions on Venezuela have already killed tens of 
thousands of civilians 
<https://thegrayzone.com/2019/10/11/life-resistance-venezuela-ben-norton-us-blockade/> 
and made it difficult to import food into the country. Venezuela still 
relies on food from Brazil’s massive agricultural sector to help feed 
communities near the border. The imports are especially important as 
Washington attempts to sanction Caracas’ CLAP food distribution program, 
which feeds seven million families.

Venezuela’s government has managed to fend off the violent infiltration 
and subterfuge by its powerful neighbor. But thanks to a media blackout, 
the plot remains unknown to almost everyone in the US, except perhaps to 
those who helped hatch it.


Ben Norton is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker. He is the assistant 
editor of The Grayzone, and the producer of the Moderate Rebels 
<http://moderaterebelsradio.com/> podcast, which he co-hosts with editor 
Max Blumenthal. His website is BenNorton.com <http://bennorton.com/> and 
he tweets at @BenjaminNorton <https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton>.

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