Vice-president Jorge Arreaza thanked the Bolivarian Armed Forces for defending the Venezuelan people against what the Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) called “the economic war, of speculation and hoarding of basic products that has been waged by sectors of the extreme right with the aim of destabilizing the country.”
Arreaza also told Armed Forces officers attending a special seminar in Fuerte Tiuna, that they should mistrust anyone who criticized the recent counter-smuggling measures taken by the government, such as the closing of the border with Colombia:
“Those who criticize the measures either have a direct interest in the smuggling mafias or want to destabilize, they want people to continue suffering long lines to buy products,” said the vice-president.
According to the AVN press note on the seminar: “Arreaza reminded the public that the attacks and the boycott against the stability of the Venezuelan economy began at the end of 2012, and we can see this reflected –he said- in the economic indicators, which have since then presented an irregular pattern. This pattern intensified with the passing of the Comandante of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, on March 5, 2013.”
(Image form AVN)