Venezuela denounces terrorist attack against Telecom companies

Venezuela alleges that these attacks are carried out by US-backed opposition forces who are attempting a coup against the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro

February 10, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch
The fire engulfed seven buildings located in the industrial area of the city. (Photo: @DrodriguezVen/ Twitter)

Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodriguez denounced the terrorist attacks against state-owned telecom companies in the northern State of Carabobo on the evening of February 8, Saturday. The attack led to a fire in the warehouse of CANTV, the national telephone company of Venezuela, and its affiliate Movilnet (mobile communications company). According to reports, many strategic telecommunications equipment were destroyed in the fire.

“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the immediate return of this indispensable material and the capture of those responsible!,” said Delcy Rodriguez in a tweet. According to the Venezuelan government, the attack was orchestrated by United States-backed right-wing opposition groups which are attempting to overthrow the socialist government of Nicolas Maduro. 

Last year, from March to July, many Venezuelan States witnessed total blackouts due to the collapse of the electricity grid, allegedly sabotaged by right-wing groups. The Venezuelan government has blamed the Colombian right-wing government of Iván Duque for allowing paramilitary groups to launch attacks inside Venezuela from the neighboring country. 

Venezuela considers these attacks as part of a ‘hybrid war,’ which includes the US economic blockade and other forms of sabotage to destabilize the country by crippling the economy.

In December 2019, the Venezuelan government neutralized a terrorist operation that was intended to be perpetrated against the Gran Mariscal Sucre Headquarters and the Zonal Command No. 53 of the Bolivarian National Guard in the State of Sucre. According to reports, the plan was allegedly organized by members of the right-wing party ‘Voluntad Popular,’ led by Leopoldo Lopez and Juan Guaido. US-backed Guaido, who had declared himself as the interim president of Venezuela, had on many occasions attempted to organize coup against the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.