Corruption within the armed forces as well as links between top commanders and organised crime has been questioned again following the uprising of soldiers against the government. The uprising of more than 20 soldiers who were attached to the command of Zone 43 of the Venezuelan National Guard, was spread across social media. The videos showed soldiers criticising corruption within the armed forces.
The soldiers complained about the fact that people are unable to get medicine and that commanders are not interested in helping because they get their share of rewards for doing so. The commanders care questioned for receiving all that they need but that is as far as things go but the troops made it clear that they were the ones who were going to send the message of corruption to the whole of the country.
A short time after the uprising, the Defense Ministry sent an official notice confirming that there had been mutinies in three barrack in Caracas where guns and ammunition were removed. Along with this, they confirmed they had also arrested 27 soldiers and had recovered their weapons.
However, the uprising caused a huge number of protests to take place in a number of states that have seen people repressed by authorities as well as criminal groups known as colectivos. The uprising follows a debate relating to the alleged takeover of the presidency by Maduro as well as a nationwide protest about his regime.