(April 30) – A Venezuelan fishing vessel was boarded in the Pacific Ocean by the US Coast Guard on April 28, a fact that was celebrated by the right-wing media and social networks in Venezuela. The name of the ship is “Taurus I” which carries out fishing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, authorized by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.
#Atún El barco pesquero venezolano abordado por la Guardia Costera de EEUU (y “celebrado” por medios pro Guaidó) es el atunero “Taurus I” que realiza labores de pesca en el Oceáno Pacífico frente a Costa Rica, autorizado por la Comisión Interamericana del Atún Tropical #IATTC
The illegal boarding of the Venezuelan vessel, which usually fishes in Costa Rican waters, was carried out by the cutter USCGC James and the USS Tornado, following US Southern Command orders. The excuse was that it was part of “actions in the Caribbean and the Pacific, to stop the flow of drug trafficking from South and Central America to the United States. ”
Nothing illegal was found on the fishing vessel, which usually carries out tuna fishing activities in these international waters. The ship belongs to a rich Italian family from the east of Venezuela, owners of the Grupo Natoli (Natoli Gentile family). In Venezuela rich families are usually hard core anti-Chavistas.
The DEA and the South-Com under Washington’s regime orders have initiated in recent weeks actions in the Caribbean and now in the Pacific to try and build a military blockade against Venezuela due to the unsuccessful regime change attempt with deputy Juan Guaido. Meanwhile thousands of poor US citizens are dying everyday due to Covid-19, the lack of leadership and the mismanagement of Donald Trump.
Se trata de una embarcación construida en 1980, de 78 metros de eslora y hasta 12 de manga, y arqueo bruto de 1835 TRB, perteneciente al #GrupoNatoli (familia Natoli Gentile) con sede en #Cumana, estado Sucre. Su capacidad de almacenaje es mayor a 363 toneladas métricas.
“This is a photo op set up by the SouthCom with several objectives: add to the smear campaign against President Maduro, to keep alive the dossier of Venezuela as a drug problem when everyone knows that the biggest drug problems in the world are the United States and Colombia, but also with this action the US military apparatus tightens even more the food blockade against Venezuela due to intimidation of our fishing fleet,” a political expert said to Orinoco Tribune.
“They are looting our assets, gold and bank accounts, they intimidate anyone trying to do business with the government, they have imposed criminal sanctions against PDVSA [Venezuela oil corporation] our main source of income and now they are intimidating our fishermen. What else they will do? An invasion?” added the expert.
Source URL: La IguanaTV with Orinoco Triubune content
Translated and edited by JRE/EF, and slightly edited by TS for grammaer