After the failed attack against Venezuela President
The failed attack on the life of Nicolas Maduro will have consequences both in Venezuela and the region.
On Saturday, August 4, in the afternoon, two drones loaded with explosives were detonated near the Presidential stage, where the highest authorities of the four branches of the State were located.
The attack took place during the events in commemoration of the 81st anniversary of the formation of the Bolivarian National Guard, in the central Simon Bolivar Avenue of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, which was attended by all branches of the Armed Forces and numerous civilians.
Although in the main objective of the attack, President Nicolás Maduro, and the authorities present were unharmed, 7 members of the Armed Forces were injured.
Just two hours after the attack, President Maduro in a televised address, appeared before the country, denouncing the attempt on his life and confirming that several of the material authors had already been arrested (on Sunday it was learned that six people involved had been detained), and that an exhaustive investigation had already been opened to determine both the material and intellectual authors of the attack.
In his televised speech Maduro accused as organizers and promoters of the attempt against his life the leaders of the Venezuelan ultra-right, sheltered in Miami (and protected by legislators of Cuban-American origin very close to the President of the US), but also cited specifically the Colombian oligarchy, and very concretely the, still in functions, President of the neighboring country, Juan Manuel Santos.
An open accusation of enormous gravity and with potential consequences in their already tense and bad bilateral relations, given that attempting to kill a president is a crime considered internationally as a crime against humanity.
As collateral information to the failed attack, other elements of interest should be highlighted. Just a few hours before the attempt on Maduro’s life, two peasants who participated to the national march to Caracas, to demand an Agrarian Reform, were assassinated by unknown killers.
The Venezuelan Prosecutor Office said that the material authors had already been arrested and had identified the intellectual authors: several landowners linked to the aforementioned extreme internal right.
In the weeks prior to the attack against Maduro, the extreme right wing spokespersons, welcomed in Miami and Colombian President Santos had curiously ”coincided" in declaring that we were facing "the last days of Maduro".
Add to this the fact that, a week and a half before the attack, talking to the delegates at the Congress of his party in Government, the PSUV, President Maduro announced a set of radical measures, especially economic, which are a shift to the left.
These changes should begin on 20 August and are mostly aimed at addressing the serious economic crisis of supply and monetary circulation that the South American country is living.
The plan, advanced by President Maduro at the party congress, would include a strict control of the consumption of light fuels, with internal marketing prices that are among the cheapest in the world, which has fostered an intense and lucrative contraband to mafia networks in Colombia, from which sectors of the oligarchy of that country are directly benefited.
Maduro also alluded to the hoarding of cash, by Colombian-Venezuelan mafias to provoke monetary speculation. And finally he announced a thorough review, without impunity, of the management and administration of 70 large state-owned companies that, according to his own words, are managed by groups of bureaucrats as if they were private property at the expense of the interests of the people.
Economic and administrative corrective measures that some “elites” must have interpreted as an imminent threat.
In the coming days and weeks we will see the real consequences of the failed attempt of Maduro’s life, and its concrete consequences in the courts but also and above all, in internal politics and external relations, as well as in how this will reflect on the financial and economic "mafias".