Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated on Tuesday evening he hoped to increase to 1 million the number of civilians joining the militia aimed at « defending the homeland. »
From a local community to the east of Caracas, Maduro said that « sooner than later the militia will be comprised by one million civilians and, at that moment, all slums will have to be for the militia: with rifles, an organization to defend the homeland (…) not with individual weapons to engage in actions against society, robbing and kidnapping. »
The militias were founded by Venezuelan late President Hugo Chávez as a body to support the Bolivarian National Armed Force. Based on their principles, they are comprised by civilians for the « total defense of the nation. »
The Government refers to the militias as « people in arms, » yet foes have stressed the creation of these groups seeks the militarization of the whole Venezuelan society.
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