Venezuelen tanks and infantry rumble towards border with Colombia


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Mar 21, 2009
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Venezuelen tanks and infantry rumble towards border with Colombia

Venezuela President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday he will send military personnel and equipment to the border with Colombia in reaction to Colombian plans to allow the U.S. to use basis in its territory for anti-narcotics operations.

The Venezuelan Head of State said he would double the amount of tanks as part of the "necessary increase of defense force" after the constant "imperialist threat" to "invade" Venezuela.

According to Chavez, Colombia allows the U.S. in "install" "four yankee military bases,"a cooperation that, according to Chavez, is part of a Washington plan to invade Venezuela and control its oil.
"We will take various tank battalions ... at least double ... the infantry, the artillery," Chavez told the Venezuelan public in an broadcast of his 'Alo Presidente' television program.

Chavez said he will talk to Russia, one of the country's main weapons suppliers, to seek support in his self proclaimed fight against U.S. imperialism.

Earlier, Chavez says he hopes there will be no war, but will take part in one if he has to. "God liberate us from war ... but this does not depend on us ... We are ready to die, but Venezuela never ever will be a U.S. colony or a colony of anyone again."

The U.S. and Colombia are working on an agreement to allow the U.S. to use Colombian air bases for it's 'war on drugs' in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The U.S. were conducting operations from an airbase in Ecuador, but were told this contract will end in November.

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