Venezuelan Authorities Reported Preventing The Invasion Of Colombian Mercenaries
The Venezuelan authorities reported that they were able to prevent the invasion of a group of mercenaries from Colombia, who intended to carry out a coup in the Bolivarian Republic. The corresponding statement on Sunday was made by the head of the Venezuelan interior Ministry, Nestor Reverol, during a speech in Caracas.
"Today, may 3, 2020, a group of mercenary terrorists from Colombia attempted to invade the sea to carry out terrorist acts in the country, kill the leaders of the government of Venezuela and carrying out a coup," the Minister said, whose speech was broadcast on state television.
Reverol noted that the invasion was stopped thanks to the actions of the Venezuelan Armed forces and law enforcement agencies.
The situation in Venezuela escalated after opposition leader Juan Guaido, whose appointment as speaker of the Parliament was annulled by the Supreme court two days earlier, declared himself acting President on January 23, 2019. The interim head of state recognized by the US joined the country's Group Lima (except Mexico), the Organization of the American States, and most EU countries. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the incident an attempted coup and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States. Russia, Belarus, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria, and Turkey expressed their support.