Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladamir Padrino Lopez spoke in favor of a series of military exercises that are scheduled to take place in Venezuela Saturday, May 22.
“Venezuela is threatened,” Padrino Lopez said. “This action is strategic and is the largest military exercise in our country’s history.”
President Nicolas Maduro announced the plan for the operation last weekend. Madura accused the U.S. of sending spy planes into Venezuela’s airspace. Political tension within the country has been on the rise in recent months as Venezuela’s economy continues to sprint toward a complete collapse. The crime rate has skyrocketed since the government began to ration out food, utility services, and other necessities such as toilet paper, soap, and even diapers.
Dateas researcher Rocio San Miguel made a grim statement concerning the current military mobilization in Venezuela.
“The government is looking to create victims,” San Miguel said. “The government wants to victimize the international community just as it has its citizens. They want to create a distraction, and there is no better way to do it than to use the military.”