Sectorial Vice-president of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez accused Donald Trump’s and Ivan Duque’s governments of facilitating spaces and conditions for a group of mercenaries who attempted an incursion on Saturday into Venezuelan territory to plunge the country into violence.

“It is a war scheme where war outsourcing is used to topple the lawfully constituted Government elected by the people,” he expressed.

Despite the Bolivarian Government made multiple denunciations of conspiracy plans that do not only attempt against the Venezuelan democracy, but also aim to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Moros, in the early hours of Saturday, May 2, Venezuela woke up to the news of the apprehension of terrorists who were trying to enter the country with a large arsenal of war.

After frustrating this operation that included “deserters, drug traffickers, former green berets, and security ‘companies’ that rent mercenaries to generate violence in countries that the United States wants to attack,” many elements became clear – Rodriguez said – and they will become clearer as investigations move forward.

The foiled incursion aimed to “plan, organize, train and provide logistics to all those seeking to commit acts of violence and aggression against Venezuela,” he assured.

Since March 23, the Venezuelan Government has denounced the existence of paramilitary camps in the Riohacha province, Colombia, where “with the consent of Iván Duque’s government, intelligence services and police forces” from that country, these mercenaries were being trained by US advisors committed to an operation labeled “Liberation of Venezuela.”

By mid-April, Venezuela was already aware that an operation was being mounted in these camps by mercenaries who would travel from Colombia to the Venezuelan central coast to carry out destabilizing plans, thus justifying a foreign military intervention.

At 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1, two boats departed from a property owned by drug trafficker “Elkin Javier López Torres, aka Doble Rueda, a relative of the wife of Clíver Alcalá Cordones”, a military deserter involved in conspiracies against the country since 2016.

Twelve people traveled on the first boat. Robert Colina Ibarra, aka “Pantera” (Panther), was the leader of this group, which would be deployed in Venezuela’s capital city to attack the headquarters of the General Directorate of Military Counter Intelligence (DGCIM), the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN), the Miraflores Palace, and assassinate authorities of the Venezuelan Government.

Fifty more people and US military trainers were on a second boat. “This biggest boat would follow Pantera to land under the protection of José Fernandez, aka “Pepero,” who would wait for them with vehicles to hide in a warehouse in La Guaira State,” explained Rodríguez.

However, one of the engines of this the largest boat failed on the way. This situation resulted in a “confrontation between Sequea and Pantera, because Pantera was a person very close to Clíver (Alcalá Cordones). And Clíver received a taste of his own medicine. Simonovis agrees with Sequea to take Clíver out and appoint Sequea as head of the operation,” explained Rodríguez.

When the boat reached Macuto, La Guaira State, Pepero was waiting for the mercenaries, who would make a light signal for reconnaissance. Notwithstanding, the Venezuelan security agencies, including the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and the Special Actions Forces (FAES) of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) were deployed in the area.

“During their disembarkment, Pantera got off his boat and opened fire against Venezuelan officers, and six terrorists were killed,” stressed Rodríguez.

“So far we have captured those who were onboard the speedboat and some of the men who were onboard the second boat,” he added.

The second boat malfunctioned and, as it did not have enough fuel, they were forced to skirt the coast of Aragua State, and “left some of the men in Puerto Cruz to move on to Chuao, where fishermen captured ad handed them over to the Bolivarian National Armed Force.”

The men captured included two US nationals, Luke Alexander Denman and Airan Berry, who are lined to the security staff of US President Donal Trump, and Silvercorp, a company headed by mercenary Jordan Goudreau.

Sectorial Vice-president of Communication Jorge Rodríguez stated that “the ruin nature and miserable condition of Donald Trump’s and Ivan Duque’s governments have become evident as they use this pandemic as an opportunity to sow havoc, violence and bloodshed in Venezuela.”

It is important to note that the participation of the Venezuelan extreme right is synchronized with Juan Guaido’s and his allies’ absolute commitment to overthrow the government led by Maduro.

“There is no way that Ravell, Simonovis, Guaidó or Freddy Guevara can deny the plans they were involved in, what were the goals of those plans, and why they boycotted a humanitarian agreement to combat COVID-19,” stressed Rodríguez.


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela