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Disseminate some images of Guaid ó posing with members of the band of ‘Los Rastrojos’ in Colombia

September 13, 2019


The dissemination of some images of the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, along with members of the criminal group 'Los Rastrojos' on the border with Colombia have generated controversy in the two neighboring countries, although the opposition leader's environment has alleged that I didn't know who the people I was posing with were.

The Progresar Foundation in Norte de Santander was the one who made these images known, which would have been captured coinciding with the one held at the Live Venezuela concert on the Colombian border on February 22. Guaidó crossed over to Colombia without it being clear how he had done it.

The director of the foundation, Wilfredo Cañizares, has published in social networks some images with which he intends to show that the entry was coordinated with 'Los Rastrojos'. In the photographs, Guaidó appears with two supposed leaders of this narco-paramilitary band known by the alias 'El Brother' and 'El Menor', as confirmed by the Colombian Police.

A spokesman for Guaidó, Alberto Ravell, has alleged that Guaidó did not know who he was posing with, although he stressed that they did not help him to enter Colombia. “He does not ask for the cards at the time of taking photos, having known that those characters are what they are, he would not have given them the photo,” he said in statements to the Colombian broadcaster La W.

The representative of Guaidó in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, has also ruled out on the same radio any link between the head of the National Assembly and criminal groups, from which he would not have received any help. In this regard, he has indicated that he maintains a “firm position” against the presence of armed groups in Venezuela.

Chavismo, however, has grabbed these photographs to criticize Guaidó. The president of the National Constituent Assembly and 'number two' of the ruling party, Diosdado Cabello, has shown the images on his television program: “That is what they defend, this is the second of the Rastrojos, friend, portrayed here Juanito Alimaña, from a paramilitary gang that operates on the border. ”