On 17 November, a report from Insight Crime reports on an investigation which exposes how the Maduro regime’s attempts to control Venezuela’s mining heartland in the state of Bolívar has led to criminal chaos, as guerrilla groups, heavily armed gangs and corrupt state elements battle over the country’s gold.  This includes Colombian guerrillas’ involvement in illegal mining in Venezuela, with indigenous communities have reported incursions into illegal gold mines by dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia or FARC) for at least 5 years, and another Colombian guerrilla group – the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional or ELN) is also present.  But these are only 2 of a number of groups involved.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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