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Venezuela: Citizen militias train alongside army after OAS threat

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Los Teques
September 16, 2019 at 21:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, the Bolivarian National Militia and the civilian population held a military training session at the Bolivarian National Guard School in Los Teques, Miranda, on Monday.

Footage shows the soldiers performing exercises and civilians forming barriers.

The training is part of the orange alert called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in early September and take place amid an escalation of tension between Colombia and Venezuela, and after the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), which contemplates the possibility of carrying out an attack in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said during a press conference at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva last week that they will not accept any interference from any country or the OAS, and warned that they will defend themselves with the Bolivarian National Armed Force, the militia that has more than three million members and with all Venezuelans.

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Members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, the Bolivarian National Militia and the civilian population held a military training session at the Bolivarian National Guard School in Los Teques, Miranda, on Monday.

Footage shows the soldiers performing exercises and civilians forming barriers.

The training is part of the orange alert called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in early September and take place amid an escalation of tension between Colombia and Venezuela, and after the Organization of American States (OAS) approved the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), which contemplates the possibility of carrying out an attack in Venezuela.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said during a press conference at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva last week that they will not accept any interference from any country or the OAS, and warned that they will defend themselves with the Bolivarian National Armed Force, the militia that has more than three million members and with all Venezuelans.

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