The Minister of Popular Power for the Interior, Justice and Peace, Carmen Meléndez denounced this Tuesday that a new terrorist attempt against the new National Assembly called “Operation Boycott the National Assembly” with international support was detected.
Three alleged agents of Colombia’s national intelligence participated in the operation. She highlighted that the fugitive from justice Leopoldo López was meeting in the New Granada nation with different actors, among them, Popular Will activists to plan the mission.
“There was an operation to boycott the decision of the Venezuelan people when electing their new representatives to the National Assembly. We alerted a new attempt at a terrorist attack that sought social destabilization, “said Meléndez at a press conference.
The operation was scheduled between December 27 and January 3, 2021 when the installation of the new national parliament will take place.
She stressed that there are 19 people wanted by the operation, including Iván Simonovis, listed as a financial operator . She stated that the plans were guided by the Colombian’s president, Iván Duque, and by former president Álvaro Uribe.
Melendez explained the intelligence work allowed the arrest of Ronald Enrique Flores Rivero, alias “El Flaco” on December 24, at Trujillo state, who confessed that the agents would enter from Colombia through Zulia’s state and San Cristobal , as well as weapons of war.
The detainee confessed that he met in Riohacha on December 21 with Colombian agents to carry out an attack against Venezuela. Ronald Enrique, involved in several cases of destabilization, declared the plot to carry out the boycott against democracy in Venezuela.
The minister explained that the violent strategy sought to prevent the swearing in of the new members of the AN and assassinate the Attorney General of the Republic, Tareck Willians Saab.
She added that they sought to sabotage strategic companies such as the Hidroeléctrica del Guri, in Bolívar state, and attack direct relatives of high executive officials.
He added that they were going to attempt on governor or governor life to stimulate social distress and besiege military and police units.
The target, she indicated, was to take Battalion 825 in Aragua state with the activation of terrorist operators in the regions.
In addition, Rigoberto Moreno Carmona, in Trujillo and Darío Estrada Perozo, alias “Merienda Negra”, who was arrested in Barquisimeto, were also detained.
She assured that the national intelligence and counterintelligence system has worked, which has made it possible to avoid the terrorist attack, and also called on the national people to be alert to new attacks, “watch out for any threat. We come to denounce that the Venezuelan right wing with international support has proposed an operation called “Boycott the National Assembly.”
All was planned in Colombia
The minister showed a video where “El Flaco” assures, “the guidelines come from a meeting that took place at the beginning of December (2020) where Leopoldo López, Álvaro Uribe and Iván Duque participated,” Flores detailed in the audiovisual material.
She recalled that Leopoldo López fled the country with the support of the former ambassador of Spain in Caracas, Jesús Silva. He subsequently visited Colombia between December 10 and 18 to promote destabilizing actions against Venezuela.
He met with the New Granada president and her mentor Uribe, among other politicians and right-wing leaders in the neighboring country.
Flores Rivero is a participant in the “Freedom Camp” in 2014 and in the hunger strike before the Organization of American States (OAS), in 2015.
She was also a civilian operator for Colonel García Palomo and was involved in the assassination attempt against President Nicolás Maduro in 2018.
This same year she participated as a cooperator in the escape of Captain Laided Salazar, a deserter from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).
She is the sister of Captain Sorany Salazar Maldonado, also detained for being an immediate cooperator of the plan.
Along with her, her husband, also an officer of the Navy Ronald Jorge Rodríguez, was captured, Meléndez explained.
Both were internal operators of Laided Salazar, who had directed a meeting for them on December 27 or 28 in San Antonio de los Altos or La Guaira.
In this they would discuss the details of the terrorist actions on “Operation Boycott the National Assembly.”