Venezuela has accused the United Nations and the Security Council of Operation Gideon, the failed raid by a group of mercenaries trying to overthrow the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro.
In a 13-page letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that “Between May 3-4, armed groups of mercenaries and terrorists were trained, funded, and protected by the EU, the governments of Colombia and of the United States has entered Venezuelan territory illegally with the stated aim of committing criminal acts against our people. “
Also, “to carry out the murder of President Nicolás Maduro, to destroy the system of freedoms and rights of our independent and sovereign nation,” in order to “enforce a violent colonial looting regime that has never been seen in our history,” the letter said . signed by Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samuel Moncada.
According to Maduro, “a group of mercenaries and terrorists” who had been trained in Colombia with the support of the United States tried to invade Venezuela off the coast of Macuto on the morning of May 3, but encountered Venezuelan troops. At least eight died and more than 30, including two Americans, were arrested.