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Fugitive Venezuela Colonel Looks for Foreign Help to Oust Maduro

  • Oswaldo Garcia Palomo is wanted for attempted rebellions
  • Garcia seeks to woo governments to a military option
Oswaldo Garcia Palomo
Oswaldo Garcia PalomoSource: Bloomberg

A fugitive Venezuelan colonel said his band of retired and active officers seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro is stepping up its efforts, making more public appeals and contacting regional governments for support.

Colonel Oswaldo Garcia Palomo, 54, who retired from the national guard and lives clandestinely abroad, in recent weeks has been issuing calls to the Venezuelan military to rise up. In an interview, he claimed responsibility for past rebellion attempts, and he detailed efforts to promote an insurrection to end the hyperinflation, corruption, hunger and lawlessness overseen by the socialist government.