The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, asked the Armed Forces for loyalty and to keep “the guard up” in the face of the supposed “songs of betrayal” that come from Colombia, a nation that is often blamed for the problems of the oil country .
“They intend to see a Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) divided and confronted with each other, stay alert Army (…), guard on high, no one be fooled by the songs of betrayal that sound from Bogota,” said the president in the celebration of the 197 years of the Battle of Carabobo and Army Day.
“We need a united military power (…), loyal to its legitimate Commander in Chief, loyal to history,” added Nicolás Maduro.
At the end of last May, the Venezuelan president ordered that a document demanding loyalty to the military be signed in the barracks after, he said, a “conspiracy” was discovered to prevent the last presidential elections, which he won with just over 6 million of votes on a census of 20.5 million voter.
Maduro then said that the conspiracy was “financed and directed from Colombia, and encouraged and promoted from the United States Government .