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Venezuela Govt Blames Colombia Paramilitaries for Violence, Contraband

Venezuela Govt Blames Colombia Paramilitaries for Violence, Contraband

On August 19, following an attack that left three military wounded and which the government attributed to paramilitaries, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closing of the border with Colombia in the frontier state of Tachira for 72 hours. "Enough of this terrorism, of paramilitarism, of these attacks on the dignity of the people of Tachira!" said Maduro. Read More

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Despite the government's advances in security over the last decade, at least a half dozen major criminal groups still operate in Colombia. Several of them have put ideology aside and focus on drug production, trafficking and distribution on a local level, even while they continue to move arms, launder money, kidnap and extort. The complicated panorama has been fueled by the recent demobilization of thousands of right-wing paramilitaries and left-wing guerrillas. These ready recruits and experienced fighters have pushed levels of violence to their previous marks in some areas, particularly in urban settings where they seek to push more consumption. Mexican trafficking groups appear to be taking advantage of the chaos, making the long-term prospects grim.

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