Studies released by the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami have revealed that the Cuban regime is training Venezuelan paramilitary groups, including Los Tupamaros, La Piedrita, Simón Bolívar, and Alexis Vive. These groups have killed more than 25 students during protests, and injured over 300.This should come as no surprise, as Cuba did this in Chile in the 1970s. There were thousands of paramilitaries trained by Cubans inserted into that country after Salvador Allende became el presidente in 1970. It took Augusto Pinochet over a decade to root them out with the Chilean military. In the process of that dirty war, Pinochet almost lost his own life in a rocket attack on his motorcade.
These studies show that for years the Venezuelan government has sent regime supporters to Havana to learn repression tactics in order to help their leaders stay in power. Furthermore, there is evidence that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group designated as a terrorist organization by the US government, also trains these groups on Venezuela’s border with Colombia.
Fortunately for Chile, the (comparative) good guys won, and Chile became a free and prosperous society. Also, fortunately, Chile wasn't cursed with large reserves of petroleum;
“Cuba has even created a contingency plan in case there is a change of government in Venezuela. They have prepared groups that are ready for action to prevent that change in politics,” lawyer and researcher Pedro Roig asserts.The question is, do non-Communist Venezuelans realize what they need to do to free themselves from their nightmare.
Roig says Cuba cannot afford to lose the oil they receive from Venezuela — around 50,000 barrels per month, and roughly 100,000 before the economic crisis — and that is why they train these Chavista groups.
“Cuba needs to protect the oil that comes from Venezuela. For Cuba, this is vital, and they are doing what they need to do in order to keep it,” he adds.