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HUMIRE: Iran propping up Venezuela’s repressive militias – The Islamic regime’s tactics for crushing dissent reach the Americas
By Joseph Humire – – Monday, March 17, 2014 – THE WASHINGTON TIMES
ANALYSIS/OPINION: The death of 22-year-old Venezuelan student Genesis Carmona at the hands of armed pro-government civilian militias, called “colectivos,” bears a striking resemblance to the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian student who was shot and killed in a similar fashion on the streets of Tehran during the Green Revolution of 2009. This has led many analysts to begin comparing the colectivos’ tactics to those used by Iran’s Basij paramilitary force.
The similarity, however, is more than speculation.
In April 2009, the current Iranian commander of the Basij paramilitary force, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, accompanied then-Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar on a high-level visit to Caracas at the invitation by then-Venezuelan President Hugo Chvez and his foreign minister (now President) Nicolas Maduro.
Several defense agreements followed, but one in particular is relevant to what is transpiring on the streets of Venezuela today.
According to sources within the Venezuelan military, Gen. Naqdi’s role in these high-level meetings was to serve as an adviser to Venezuela’s Ministries of Defense and Interior to aid in training their civilian militias, the now-infamous colectivos. www.mesop.de