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2010-05-04

Venezuelans reject Cuban presence in their country

By K. Wilhelm for Infosurhoy.com—04/05/2010

Former Chávez supporter requests attorney general investigate Cubans in the Venezuelan military

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Members of the Cuban Army take part in a parade at Fuerte Tiuna during the celebration of the Bicentenary of Venezuela’s independence in Caracas on April 19. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Cuban Army take part in a parade at Fuerte Tiuna during the celebration of the Bicentenary of Venezuela’s independence in Caracas on April 19. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

MARACAIBO, Venezuela – Visibly upset, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez answered a journalist’s question about Cubans in the Venezuelan armed forces without really saying anything.

“Cuba helps us modestly in things I won’t disclose,” he said.

During a rare media conference, Chávez said there are more than 30,000 Cubans in Venezuela.

“[They] tend to the sick in the communities, and there is a mechanism of military cooperation that worries the Venezuelan bourgeoisie,” he said.

But there also could be as many as 65,000 Cubans in Venezuela, according to the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, which cited sources.

Antonio Rivero, who until recent months was the head of disaster and civil protection in the Venezuelan government, formally requested May 3 an investigation by the office of the Venezuelan attorney general into the presence of Cubans in the Venezuelan armed forces.

“[There is a need] to establish whether the security of Venezuela as a nation is compromised or not, in deeds that may or may not be crimes against the defense and security of the nation,” Rivero said in an affidavit.

Specifically, Rivero requested an investigation of the involvement of Cubans in the military’s strategic command, its weapons unit, engineering unit and in the communications command.

“Hugo Chávez has ‘Cubanized’ the Venezuelan army,” said Rivero, a retired general who was a member of Chávez’s government since 2003.

But Cuba’s involvement in the Venezuelan government is not limited to the military.

Public health, education and the Venezuelan passport and national I.D. system have been penetrated by Cuban operatives, according to Venezuelan politician Iraida Villasmil, a deputy legislator in Maracaibo.

“It is sad to see how the country is given away little by little,” Villasmil said. “Money and credit is given [by the Venezuelan government] to other countries, and the needs of Venezuelans are not paid attention to.”

The presence of Cubans in the government “underestimates the capabilities of Venezuelans in areas such as health and other jobs,” according to Nerio Romero, a legislator in the local assembly of the state of Zulia, in western Venezuela.

Venezuelan government officials justify the presence of Cuban specialists for their supposed expertise in areas such as energy, sports, medicine and education, among others.

“Cuba’s expertise is in control, and that’s what Chávez needs right now, so that’s what the Cubans are providing,” said Michael Shifter, director of Inter-American Dialogue, a policy center in Washington, D.C., to The Washington Times. “The Venezuelan government is worried about losing control.”

But it might be too late.

Venezuelan polling company Datanálisis reported the government is currently facing a 70% disapproval rate, fueled by rolling blackouts, staggering inflation and the Chávez administration’s push for socialism.

“People have lost confidence in Venezuela's president and do not share his ideology, which aims at implementing an autocracy,” José Antonio Gil Yépez, Datanálisis’ CEO told Venezuelan newspaper El Impulso. “The Venezuelan people are still attached to private property, democracy, freedom of expression, right to organize and using elections as the mechanism to run society.”

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  1. jesusita quevedo 01/18/2013

    And where were you when Venezuela was selling oil at rock bottom prices to the U.S. and of the purest kind they made idiotic Venezuelans believe it was worthless, they had us like ignorant highland Indians like the Spanish did with the Indians they exchanged mirrors for pearls.

  2. Joao Luiz Franco 11/06/2011

    We can’t split the world into this and that, into capitalism and socialism. We should only consider what works and what doesn't.

  3. EL IMPERIO 04/20/2011

    IT MAKES ME SAD TO BE VENEZUELAN THESE DAYS, WHEN WE FOUGHT IN 1962 FOR AN INVITATION FROM CUBA FOR OUR COUNTRY AND NOW A TRAITOR FOR PRESIDENT AND HOMELAND SELL-OUT HAS THEM PARADE IN OUR LAND AND HE THINKS HE'S LAPPING IT UP, HE WANTS TO BE POPULAR ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL WITH THE MONEY FROM US, THE VENEZUELANS AND WHAT HE IS ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL IS A CLOWN, MY HOMELAND, SO SORRY AND SO SAD, I LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IN CARACAS AND I AM NO BOURGEOISE BUT I KNOW WHAT IS GOOD I TAKE CARE TO EDUCATE MYSELF AND TO KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR MY COUNTRY AND WHAT IS NOT GOOD, THIS GUY MAKES US LOOK RIDICULOUS ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, THE IGNORANCE OF A COUNTRY IS REFLECTED IN THE PERSON WHO REPRESENTS IT.

  4. nestor colón 03/01/2011

    Só procuramos uma integração como sul-americanos, arrumar a região é um trabalho de todos... Não às bases gringas na América Latina! Viva Abreu e Lima!!!

  5. mery 02/03/2011

    The champions are very beautiful I would like to buy them

  6. johan colmenares 02/01/2011

    I agree with some of the commentators about the Cuban interference in Venezuelan in my country there are professionals who are much better educated than those Cubans whose medical schooling is at least 40 years behind to say the least what this government does in any part of the world would be a crime of high treason in Angola the Cubans murdered hundreds of people opposed to the communism of Russia and Cuba so it's stupid to think that such "help" has any other objective than to turn the Venezuelans into slaves the way Fidel did on that island

  7. Carlos Peres 01/30/2011

    Angelo Cumpa All countries with dictatorships should suffer the embargoes of democratic countries.

  8. la araña 01/22/2011

    The Cubans of Fidel Castro have always been murderers. In Chile, under the Allende regime, they infiltrated the investigative police force and trained thousands of terrorists, in the Punto Cero base, and then infiltrated them into Chile, Nicaragua, Colombia, San Salvador, Angola, etc. What more proof do you want? Even Allende's daughter, who committed suicide, was married to Red Beard, the bloodiest oppressor in the Cuban secret police on the whole continent. Chile, thanks to Pinochet, kicked them all out and Allende committed suicide. VENEZUELANS, DO THE SAME THING, OUT WITH MURDEROUS MARXIST-LENINISTS WITH MORE THAN 60 MILLION DEATHS IN THE WORLD, THEY ARE WORSE THAN THE NAZIS.

  9. Joaquín Rozas 11/13/2010

    The same falsehoods and lies about the unity of Cuba (that it saves lives, whereas the Anglo Saxons invade and murder) is that same garbage that comes from the far right elements in Venezuela with the help of "Gestap, CIA YANKEE. As long as the bourgeoisie, the landowners and the lackeys of each Hispanic nation exist, we won't be able to make much progress. Unity is the right word, Cuba helps Venezuela, and Venezuela does its part with Cuba, we are tired of hearing the same information full of falsehoods and full of hate against the union of two nations which share everything.

  10. angelo cumpa 11/07/2010

    To Juan Carlos Correa: I hope I am not wrong, I think you are probably a professional, better than the Cubans in medicine, because of your evaluations of Castro and Chávez, you lean toward being a psychologist or psychiatrist; but given your clumsy adjectives you are not objective in your comment. I ask you: Is assistance a Trojan horse? What do you base your statement on that Castro is a social pyromaniac? How, when, where did Castro mean to burn the continent up? Are you hallucinating that Castro is as powerful as the U.S.? Which terrorists or kidnappers were trained by Cuba? Give me names. Why do you state that Chávez is narcissistic and a megalomaniac? Yes, for you socialism XXI is an absurd dream; but for others it is not, for those who write and make history, their projects become reality; in any case, respect yourself by respecting others' ideals; the same was said in the 60s and they made fun of Cuba, when it was the victim of the atrocious and voracious embargo imposed by the Yankee country, assassin of humanity, forecasting that it would not last long, however, to the admiration of the world, Cuba survives with its socialist project made reality, today with half a century of economic, financial and commercial embargo Cuba is a worthy and humane nation in solidarity with others: it is true that Cuba cannot have food, personal hygiene products, etc. precisely because of that criminal embargo imposed on it by the Yankee empire, therefore it has very limited resources, able to do more, it cannot because it is condemned to drown, to internal chaos, that is the price of the unfair plan applied against Cuba. Don't look at the shape of the problem, look deep into the problem and analyze it from that perspective. Without an embargo, Cuba would have developed more technology. LONG LIVE SOCIALIST CUBA. DOWN WITH THE YANKEE EMBARGO. AC.

  11. socorro antonio 10/11/2010

    The truth as to WHY Celis Hernandez left the SAIME (Servicio Administrativo de Identificación, Migración y Extranjería) and why the electronic identification card has not come out. The development of technology and closing the technological gap, are some of the most important challenges countries that are technologically independent must face. Currently, each one of the sovereign nations are deploying operational structures directed at creating National infrastructures for Electronic Identification, which is the first step in achieving a much desired technological independence, something that would give each citizen, the ability to carry out operations and actions, on the internet, supported by a regulatory framework, some laws and rules that would offer protection. Implementing these projects offers a further step toward reducing the distance between the citizen and the governments, utilizing the possibilities that information and communications technologies offer. In the same vein of ideas, installing an infrastructure would drive the development of the Information Society, stressing the inclusion of its inhabitants' digital practices and strengthening the society's abilities in the use of the technologies. In the case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, it has created some legal tools to drive technological autonomy and the acquisition of Open Platforms under the following regulatory framework: • Decree 3390 Use of Free Software Published in the Gaceta Oficial de la República de Venezuela N° 38.095 on December 28 2004 • Decree N° 825 by which access and use of the internet are declared priority policies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, according to Gaceta Oficial de la Re

  12. Juan Carlos Correa A. 09/19/2010

    Fidel has used Cuban offers of assistance in bad faith, because they are really Trojan horses sent to Latin American countries to sow social hatred, violence and insurrection, because he suffers from social pyromania and has dreamt his whole life of setting fire to the continent by means of civil wars, his biggest contribution has been to give training and refuge to kidnappers and terrorists. Secondly, Cuban doctors in particular are bad professionals and Cuban medicine is empiricism with a doctor's degree, because it may be unfortunate but good medical training and practice is very expensive, in that country Cuba, they don't even have food or personal bathing products, much less advanced medical technology. The charity that Hugo Chavez practices is also deeply bad intentioned, he gives it to countries he assumes are poor economically and mentally, allowing himself to be led on by his narcissistic personality and his megalomania, which have disposed him to have the absurd dream of building a twenty-first century socialism with money from capitalism (because the dollars come from the USA, if USA falls Venezuela dies) and along the way he makes the world deteriorate more with the heat and smoke from the oil that isn't his but rather belongs to the rich and the poor Venezuelans, the same people he wants to make equally poor to become the only one in his country to have privileges the same way his teacher and mentor Fidel did. OH BOLIVAR THE DAMAGE YOU DID TO US BY REPLACING WHITE TYRANTS WITH BLACK AND INDIAN TYRANTS, THE FIRST ONES AT LEAST MADE THE PEOPLE WORK AND THEY LEFT WORKS BEHIND, THE SECOND ONES ARE POPULIST AND IGNORANT BUT EQUALLY PERVERSE.

  13. angelo cumpa 08/30/2010

    We Socialists have a principle that we put into practice: SOLIDARITY AND MUTUAL COOPERATION, which Cuba practices in a fitting and humane manner, here in Peru, in spite of the criticisms coming from the reactionaries on the right, the emergency aid groups are supported with doctors, nurses and medicine for the victims of the earthquake in Pisco, at no cost at all, I have to emphasize the Cubans’ high level of technology, very admirable. President Chávez also put in his quota of solidarity, he gave homes to relieve people who had completely lost their homes, actions such as these are very worthy and humane and they deserve our gratitude. Meanwhile, why don’t you talk about the atrocities done by the murderous Yankees in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. What did the U.S. get out of invading Iraq? It got to destroy a country, sow death, chaos and hunger, that is the price of war, under the pretext of punishing Saddam Hussein for the September 11, 2001 Twin Towers attacks and the alleged concentration of bombs of mass destruction that Hussein held in his power, weapons that the 176,000 Yankee and allied soldiers who invaded Iraq never found. Now they say they are withdrawing, they’re leaving defeated, 4,400 soldiers and more than 100,000 civilians killed in 7 years and some months of invasion and destruction; however, they are leaving about 50,000 soldiers to guarantee peace in Iraq, we would say to watch over the destruction they created; as well as hiring 7,000 private mercenaries who guard 5 fortified barracks, the facts of death and destruction as described here should deserve to be commented on by you and I am sure you will do so. Cuba, with its socialist regime does not do these ATROCITIES; FREEDOM FOR THE 5 CUBAN prisoners IN THE YANKEE DUNGEONS!!! TO

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