Tension continues in Apure: 50 ELN men took over a town and the Venezuelan FBL guerrilla called for popular mobilization

Clashes continue on the Venezuela-Colombia border

The pronouncement of the FBL/FPLN in the name of the city Simón Bolívar Peasant Socialist Communal, against him THE N, for taking over the sector The barge, Guasdualito parish, Páez municipality, state rush evidence: The Venezuelan Army is lying by assuring that the current confrontation between guerrillas only occurs in Colombian territory; that the war occurs between the guerrillas THE N Y FARC along drug trafficking routes; that there is no action by the FANB and they declare themselves in resistance.

taking advantage of the confrontation that began on January 30 in Venezuelan territory between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the dissidence of the FARC-EP, on Friday, January 14, the elenos took over the La Gabarra sector, in the capital of the Páez municipality, a territory that for many years has been controlled by the FBL/FPLN, a Colombian guerrilla, who maintains an old dispute with that Colombian guerrilla. In a statement read by a man who does not identify himself, but whose voice in the area is recognized as Braulio Márquez, tells what is happening.

It is presented as “The self-government of the Simón Bolívar Communal City” and goes “to the Bolivarian government, to the national and state leadership of our party, the PSUV, and to the communal movement”. The document tries to stay within the discourse used by the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and refers to aggressors as TANCOL, but clearly indicating the ELN as such.

He adds that this Colombian guerrilla “The Great Union and Víctor Díaz Ojeda invaded the Commune, under the argument that they liberate with the so-called dissidence of the Tenth Front of the FARC Tancol. This constitutes an unacceptable violation of national and popular sovereignty.”

THE FBL/FPLN is the only Venezuelan guerrilla organization

Marquez adds in reading “These irregular armed actors seek to impose violence and terror to destabilize peace and democracy and undermine the role of the Venezuelan State, with which it does the work of the Colombian oligarchy committed to the North American aggression that they carry out against the country.”

“Currently (that is, the afternoon of January 15, 2022, the date on which the audio was broadcast) more than 50 armed men have taken over the town of La Gabarra in the purest style of a foreign occupation army, ignoring the Bolivarian State and popular power, bringing anxiety and terror to the population”.

He argues that “The organizations of popular and grassroots power are not part of the war between those armed sectors over the dispute over drug trafficking routes and border crimes, because that is what is in the background.”

The river of the La Gabarra port in the state of Apure has been essential for the displacement of the FBL
The river of the La Gabarra port in the state of Apure has been essential for the displacement of the FBL

asserts that “In that dispute there is nothing of ideology or political project. We demand that both armed actors, both the ELN and the FARC, take the conflict elsewhere, that Venezuela, Apure and the Simón Bolívar Communal City is a territory of peace, sovereignty and democracy.”

Finally, Márquez assured that they will not be able to against “the invincible force of a conscious and organized people to defend the homeland from any foreign force that offends it.” and declared themselves in peaceful resistance, while asking the Bolivarian government to intervene.

Yesterday, Saturday, the FBL/FPLN activated several activities to desperately try to recover that part of the territory, since as hours passed since the arrival of the ELN in La Gabarra there was no reaction from the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB).

the bowling alleys

The Bolivarian Liberation Forces (FBL) are known in Apure and Táchira as “the bowling alleys”, although from one of the divisions they suffered they use the acronym FPLN (Patriotic Forces of National Liberation). It is a guerrilla that became known in Venezuela since September 23, 1992 they assumed responsibility for the attack on Antonio Ríos, then president of the once powerful Confederation of Venezuelan Workers (CTV); Ríos survived, but César Peña who would be the author of the attack would have been disappeared by police officials.

Diosdado Cabello and Ramón Carrizalez very close to the Bolívar and Zamora Current
Diosdado Cabello and Ramón Carrizalez very close to the Bolívar and Zamora Current

Shortly after the arrival of Hugo Chávez to power and given the manifest sympathy of the new president for the guerrillas, Colombian organizations such as the ELN and the FARC began to act more comfortably in Venezuelan territory.. It did not take long for Jorge Nieves, a social leader who belonged to the PPT party, to be assassinated in May 2003; The FBL blamed the ELN for this assassination, considering that the Colombian guerrillas wanted to expand into the territory and eliminate the Venezuelan group. A war was unleashed that in these years has had ups and downs.

Since officials of the Venezuelan regime, with the arrival of Nicolás Maduro to power, they began to show greater sympathy for the ELN, they forced the FBL/FPLN to reinvent themselves, emerged with communal cities and with the civil face Bolívar and Zamora Revolutionary Current (CRBZ). But the FBL/FPLN always foresaw that the ELN would insist on continuing what it tried in 2003.

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