the Plan was perfect. Harry Solano had scored with militärkasernen of several hundred in the district of Cotiza in the attempt to overthrow Nicolás Maduro. The soldiers were hungry and were no longer to oppress their own people. Sergeant Solano had previously worked as a bodyguard to one of the Maduro government ministers and knew presidentpalatsets sore points.
The first thing he and the defecting soldiers were after that taken command of his barracks was to take to a militärdepå where the national guard keep their white armoured vehicles used against the demonstrators. The idea was to take the vehicles to run over the barricades protecting the presidential palace, " he explains.
" I knew that we would quickly get the soldiers that guard the presidential palace on our side. No one is standing further out with a Maduro. My only concern was the secret service and the regime's paramilitary forces, " says Harry Solano for DN.”If we have been betrayed had the plan succeeded.” Photo: Luis Bernardo Cano
with the highest had reached the nationalgardets depot, they had already scored the majority of the population on their side. In the neighborhood of Cotiza shouted the inhabitants slogans against Maduro and built barricades to protect themselves against security services. When they deserted, the militants reached the depot in the district of Petare, something happened. Four soldiers went off and alerted the security services. In a short time blocked all roads to the presidential palace in Caracas, and the defecting soldiers feared for their lives, " he says.
"If we have been betrayed had the plan succeeded," said 36-year-old Harry Solano.
Shortly after the revelation confirmed the Venezuelan department of defense to a rebellförsök made in Cotiza and that the regime arrested 27 of the defecting soldiers. A number of international media reported on this. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó tweeted about the coup attempt.https://twitter.com/jguaido/status/1087323420159852544
coupled regime in the department for military counter-intelligence, DGCIM, who started to look after him. He fled on foot towards the colombian border, 90 miles away, without to say good-bye to his family. When the highway was being watched, he took on the back roads.
" I lived like a Rambo in the woods. During the two days I had nothing to eat, " he says.
When Harry Solano managed to get into Colombia told his friends what has happened to his relatives. According to them, had the mission FAES broken into in his 63-year-old mother's home and torturing her. The men had twisted her arm out of joint, to force her to tell where her son was hiding and ended the torture with to take on her sex and breasts.
his 73-year-old mother in law's home and subjecting her to sexual harassment and tried to stop a gun in his 19-year-old systerdotters vagina. The data is Harry solano's own, but has been confirmed by the venezuelan daily newspaper El Nacional.
" My mother feel bad. She is just at home in bed, " says Harry Solano and may suspend the interview in order to hold back the tears.
Two days after the coup attempt, gathered hundreds of thousands of protesters in the capital Caracas to demand that the military abandoned Nicolás Maduro. They were under the demonstration as congress president, the 35-year-old Juan Guaidó, declared himself the country's interimpresident.
and did according to the venezuelan human rights organisation Foro Penal mass arrests. Only in January has 1.003 persons detained without trial, according to Foro Penal.
When I meet Harry Solano, it has almost been a month since the uprising in Caracas. We sit at in the lobby of a hotel in the colombian border town of Cúcuta, and he feels bad. His wife and three children, 4, 6 and 16 years old, has been hiding in a cabin in the Venezuela. Even his wife's sisters and her children find themselves at an undisclosed location.
– I can not get in contact with them. The only information I get about how they have it going through the secret contacts.”Maduro is a criminal who is starving the people.” Photo: Luis Bernardo Cano
when he went in Guarda Bolivariana, the venezuelan national guard. The country's president Hugo Chávez had launched its so-called bolivarian revolution and Solano looked up to the leader who would distribute wealth from the country's huge oil reserves.
He voted for Chávez several times, but at the presidential election in 2012, he realized that the attempt to make Venezuela into a more just country had failed. The economy was set out of the game, inflation ticked, and the shelves in the department stores were empty. When Nicolás Maduro took over in 2013, after Hugo Chávez passed away from cancer, collapsed in Venezuela.
" I get angry when people call Maduro for president. He is a criminal who is starving the people.
was named Solano to the bodyguard to the minister Néstor Reverol, who was the head of the Venezuelan antidrogbyrå ONA. Solano was involved in several meetings with, among others, Nicolás Maduro participated, which according to him was against the money to help colombian smugglers to use venezuelan ports and airports to bring cocaine into the european market.
today is Néstor Reverol minister of the interior and the united states, Canada and Panama has frozen his accounts. They accuse him to be included in the kokainkartellen Soles which consist of the venezuelan generals who are smuggling cocaine.
"They think only on making money," he says.
now to the other of the military in Venezuela leads a rebellion against the regime. And he fears is that the regime will find his family.
– Gets the tag in my family they will kill them. The regime wants to set an example of what happens if the military decides to turn their weapons against the power.
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