Are Cuban Special Forces Shooting at Venezuelan Protesters? 2

By Alice Speri, VICE News

Eduardo Barreto isn’t sure if the armed guards that have been shooting at him were even Venezuelan.

Since joining his country’s protests earlier this month, the 20-year-old economics student from Valencia has been tear-gassed and chased by officers on motorcycles. He has watched his friends get shot in the back as they fled, and he was marching on the same street where student and beauty queen Génesis Carmona was killed last week.

He has little love for the National Guard, which the government has unleashed on protesters, but if he’s going to get shot, he’d like it at least to be done by a countryman.

“We know there are Cuban officers within our National Guard,” said Barreto, repeating widespread but unconfirmed reports that president Nicolás Maduro’s government might have tapped its island neighbor for help in protecting its Bolivarian revolution. “Can you imagine Russian officers joining the US National Guard to shoot at American citizens there? That’s unacceptable.”

Barreto says he has no doubt that at least some of the officers he has come across are Cuban. Early on in the protests—before guards started shooting at him—he brought them water bottles to cool off while they watched over demonstrators.

“They were in the streets standing in the sun all day, and I wanted to be friendly,” Barreto said. “One of them, when he thanked me, had a Cuban accent. I know a Cuban accent; I have uncles there.”

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2 comments

  1. If Cuban General Alejandro Ronda Marrero is in Venezuela,yes,there is a great possibility that Cubans are involved in the Venezuelan crisis repressing the Venezuelan populace. Marrero is a murderer and he has always been there to assassinate Cuban dissidents when Castro has given him the order to murder.Why are those motorcycle riders that are actually attacking the opposition wearing masks?

  2. The Cuban Army Lieutenant Alberto Rojas murdered a Venezuelan female named Maritza Ron during the 2004 election protests in Venezuela,according to the Venezuelan opposition this officer shot the protester with a handgun impacting the woman in the right side of the abdomen.

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