Venezuelan Minister of Popular Power for Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez has reported that investigators have uncovered a plot organised by a group loyal to opposition leader Juan Guaido and involving the governments of Peru and Brazil. According to Rodriguez, the plot, called "Bloody Christmas", suggested attacks on several military units across Venezuela.
.@jorgerpsuv: Informamos los hechos criminales del grupo derechista de Guaidó, desmantelamos el plan llamado "Navidad Sangrienta", en la que se han encontrado participación de los gobiernos de Perú y Brasil https://t.co/tqMKHfl0b4 #Venezuela 🇻🇪— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) December 23, 2019
In addition to this, the minister said that the members of "Guaido's group" were planning to shoot down a Colombian Air Force plane using missiles stolen from the Venezuelan military in a staged false-flag attack on the country's neighbour. The plotters allegedly planned to thereby give the US a pretext to start a "war" with Venezuela.
Rodriguez stated that some of the missiles and assault weapons stolen by the plotters have been recovered, but others remain in the hands of those who are still at large. According to him, a total of 9 RPG rocket launchers were stolen, though it's unknown how many have been returned.
Attack on Ammunition Depot
Earlier, on 23 December, Venezuelan authorities reported that one soldier was killed as a result of the assault on one of the country's military units by unknown assailants, which sought to rob an ammunition store. After the attack was repelled, Venezuelan authorities managed to capture some of the gunmen.
An investigation has been started into the incident, but it is not immediately clear who orchestrated the attack.
Back in April 2019, Venezuela experienced an unsuccessful coup attempt organised by opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido. The latter appealed to the country's military to stand against democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro, although only a few of them heeded the call, resulting in the coup's failure. Guaido has since then fled abroad along with some of his supporters.