There are actually three different levels of armed forces in Venezuela;
- The official armed forces of the nation
- The National Guard, effectively a national police force
- The National Bolivarian Militia of Venezuela, popularly known as the “Colectivos”
It’s clearly understood that the Cubans are firmly in control of the official armed forces, but there are others on the ground in Venezuela calling the shots. As reported by VOANews.com, there are an estimated 20,000 Cubanos already in-country and essentially running the show;
Communist-run Cuba has been a key backer of the Venezuelan government since the Bolivarian Revolution that began under former leader Hugo Chavez in 1998.
Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions, including the security services.
Less than a year ago, the everything political TheHill.com reported that on the heels of the Venezuelan government ordering the confiscation of all firearms by private citizens in 2012, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has seen the murder rate skyrocket; Continue reading “Gun Control, Venezuela-Style: Citizens Stripped of Guns, Maduro Arms 400,000 ‘Colectivos’”