During the 77 anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) commemoration ceremony, president Maduro praised the role of the GNB in the repression of the violent opposition protests in February this year, and alerted that the “fascist right” is preparing new conspiracies.
“The GNB [during the protests] acted in strict accordance to its new doctrine, to the Constitution, and acted to safeguard the peace of the Republic. They paid no attention to the insults, provocations, harassment, and attacks prepared by the laboratories of psychological warfare of the right without a Fatherland [apátrida]. Of the pro-imperialist oligarchy,” Maduro told the officers.
He added that it was important for the military to study thoroughly the “crimes of the fascist right” committed in February, so as to learn “how they planned and deployed, and to discover the secrets that allowed them to plot this malevolent and perverse conspiracy against the peace of our Fatherland.”
He also warned that “when Hugo Chávez passed away, all conspiracies broke loose,” and that the right continues to conspire in Venezuela using “methods of nonconventional warfare. There are groups of the ultra-right that continue to prepare new stabs against the country.” But he assured that the conspirators will “be faced by the National Guard and the people who want to live in peace. [The NGB] will dissipate and punish the terrorists, the guarimberos.”
According to the Agencia Venezolana de Noticias, during the ceremony “President Nicolás Maduro granted the Military Medal General López Contreras to the officers of the GNB that were wounded while defending the Venezuelan people from the violence unleashed by sectors of the extreme right last February.”
Minister of Defense, Carmen Meléndez, also praised the GNB and called it “the most sublime representation of the People in uniform.”
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