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  • Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 8, 2019.

    Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela April 8, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 April 2019

Duque said an attack in the Colombian city of Saravena was planned by the ELN from Venezuelan soil and with government protection.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced Colombian President Ivan Duque for is preparing a new “false flag” operation by suggesting that the Venezuelan government is harboring National Liberation Army (ELN).

Duque said an attack in the Colombian city of Saravena was planned by the ELN from Venezuelan soil and with government protection, to which Arreaza responded that it is in Colombia where violent groups have been born and operating for decades.

The Venezuelan government has repeatedly denounced false flag operations from Colombia, the United States and right-wing media in order to push for military intervention in Venezuela. According to the Venezuelan top diplomat, the false flag operation consists of repeating a lie so many times until it is positioned as a truth.

The government points out to the case of burning of the U.S. “humanitarian aid” on the Colombian-Venezuelan border that was blamed on the Venezuelan governmenDuque said an attack in the Colombian city of Saravena was planned by the ELN from Venezuelan soil and with government protectionDuque said an attack in the Colombian city of Saravena was planned by the ELN from Venezuelan soil and with government protectiont but later turned out to have been done by anti-government protesters on the Colombian side of the border, as was revealed by teleSUR and later by the New York Times.

Duque’s comments come just days after his government faced first national strike against his government and its policies which strikers say have not stopped the murders of social leaders or the lack of protection in rural areas.

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