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  • Disgraced defector Ramon Rangel posts YouTube video calling on Venezuelan soldiers to support Juan Guaido

    Disgraced defector Ramon Rangel posts YouTube video calling on Venezuelan soldiers to support Juan Guaido | Photo: YouTube

Published 13 May 2019

His call failed to receive any support from the armed forces, in a similar fashion to that of Juan Guaido on April 30. 

The defected air force general, Ramon Rangel, issued a video Monday attempting to convince the Venezuelan Armed Forces to rise up against legitimate President Nicolas Maduro and support the illegally self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido. 

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The defector's call was met with dead silence from the Venezuelan Armed Forces, prompting him to blame the “communist dictatorship” in Cuba.

“We have to find a way to get rid of the fear, to go out into the streets, to protest, and to seek a military union to change this political system,” Rangel said during a YouTube video. “It’s time to rise up.”

Rangel appeared confident in his video that the Venezuelan Armed Forces would join him; however, his call to defect received no support from the Bolivarian military, who has remained loyal to the Venezuelan people and government. 

This latest attempt to prompt a military coup against the government comes nearly two weeks after Guaido attempted something similar in eastern Caracas. Guaido's coup attempt would fail, something he later admitted to the Washington Post. 

Despite claiming to be concerned about the well-being and safety of the Venezuelan people, both Guaido and his foreign supporters, mainly the U.S. administration, have only increased the suffering of the civilians with a full-blown economic war and sanctions against the Bolivarian Republic in efforts to oust President Maduro. 

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