Padrino López: Colombia, a country occupied by the North American boot
Venezuelan Defense Minister says that Colombia is a country occupied by the American boot, under the fight against drugs, to materialize its strategies.
“From our Bolivarian National Armed Force [FANB] we see with deep pain, the constant humiliation to which the Colombian FFMM are subjected with the overwhelming presence of the North American imperial boot,” said Vladimir Padrino López this Friday in a series of messages posted on his Twitter account.
Echoing statements made by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Colombia has become the “beachhead” of the US hegemonic strategy against the region for permissiveness of the Colombian rulers.
The deployment of US forces in Colombia’s military bases, supposedly to fight drug trafficking, constitutes a real danger against the sovereignty and stability of the region, he has insisted.
“Colombia es, lamentablemente, la cabecera de playa de la estrategia de contención yanki en la América del Sur y, por supuesto, su base de operaciones […] Estas nuevas bases militares constituyen un peligro real contra la soberanía y estabilidad de la región”. Hugo Chávez, 2009 https://t.co/l5h8zfTbXQ
— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) May 29, 2020
Venezuelan minister has also highlighted United States double standards in Colombia, a country militarily occupied by the North American forces that, contrary to what they promulgate, have failed to contain the production of drugs in that territory.
USA announced on Thursday its intentions to deploy a military contingent in Colombia to combat drug trafficking amid the escalation of tension with Venezuela.
Once the mobilization of US troops to the area was known, the reactions of the different progressive groups in Colombia were not long in coming, such as the Colombian party Alternative Common Revolutionary Force (FARC) that rejected this White House plan, ensuring that part of a strategy to destabilize regional peace and militarily attack Venezuela.
Tensions between Caracas and Bogotá were fueled in early May, when the Venezuelan government denounced having dismantled an attempted terrorist attack by sea, planned by US President Donald Trump, with the complicity of his Colombian counterpart, Iván. Duque, to “assassinate” the legitimate Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.