Skip to comments.Unrest in Venezuela Spawns a Folk Hero
Posted on 02/27/2014 7:14:28 AM PST by Texas Fossil
CARACAS, VenezuelaA gun-toting retired Venezuelan general has become a folk hero to the country's opposition and galvanized a protest movement by defying the government of President Nicolás Maduro, engaging in a Rambo-like standoff with security forces sent by the president to arrest him.
Angel Vivas has been holed up in his home in a hilly Caracas suburb since last weekend, when Mr. Maduro, on live television, ordered his arrest for having backed student protests that have convulsed this oil-rich nation.
When black-clad officers from military intelligence went to the retired Army general's house Sunday morning, he emerged wearing a flak jacket and armed with a semiautomatic rifle and pistol, warning that the only way he would be taken was in a body bag. Scores of neighbors came out in support of Gen. Vivas and heckled security forces, who eventually backed down.
"I have a right to self-defense," Gen. Vivas said in an interview inside his bunkerlike home, which is decorated with family pictures and mementos to his 40-year career in the army, including old rifles and swords.
"At no time did I order anyone to commit violence," he said, after the government said his tweet giving defense advice caused a death. "I was helping unarmed civilians defend themselves
.A priest recommends prayer, a doctor recommends medicine, a military man recommends how to defend."
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Guess we shall see.
God Bless Freedom Lovers in Venezuela.
Bump ... our Military Generals know it (below) may come to their neighborhoods too. Bow to obama and next hillary clinton or else, so says the lame-stream.
sorry ... right face or last sentence!
Too bad more citizens in Venezuela don’t have guns like the general.
The governor and atty general of Connecticut should pay attention.
Say hello to he’s leeeeetle friend!
I had a few occasions to work with soldiers cut from his cloth in Central America.
Their stoicism is legendary and they will die for a point of honor without flinching, with that same expression on their face.
Yes, and their congress critters too.
Where is OUR General Vivas???
Not to go totaly off subject here but could the uprising
in Venezuela have something to do with that spy ship that
is parked in Cuba?
Don’t have a clue about the “spy ship” off Cuba.
With Obozo at the controls nothing is clear any more. Absolutely anything is possible.
Long dead and buried. The replacements are properly castrated and house-trained.
Stand tall, General...
In a better world, there would be an army throwing a protective cordon around this heroic man, muzzles pointing OUT towards the communist thugs... saying “No, by God, not one step more.”
Disgusts me how the bad guys always seem to outnumber us...
Did you see the unarmed civilians at the barricades in Ukraine?
Some of those were X-military. Many were clearly crazy. But they were clearly Patriotic.
We shall see if Putin allows them to live freely.
“...When black-clad officers...”
Thugs love black, “scary” uniforms, ever notice?
“...Scores of neighbors came out in support of Gen. Vivas and heckled security forces, who eventually backed down...”
Bet they’d have backed off quicker if those “scores” were pointing muzzles at them as well.
Bump for later
Retired US Generals Vallely and Mattis support demonstration in DC on May 16th.
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