Point #1 - If Venezuela Soldiers had truly invaded - the Guyana soldiers would have pissed in their pants and been slaughtered anyway (expect a 550,000 man Venezuelan Armed Forces with 229 Aircraft, 192 Tanks, 700 Armored Fighting Vehicles, 104 Towed Artillery Pieces, 57 Self-propelled large guns, and 52 Multiple Rocket Launchers - to be stopped by a 10,000 man Guyana Army with nothing but small arms? Stop Dreaming! In one day the Guyana Defence Force would be routed and slaughtered and every Guyana military base and police station would be in smoldering ruins....do not let 'pride' replace logical facts.
Most Guyana non-indigenous soldiers don't even know how to swim - I have enough Guyana Army ex-soldier in-laws & friends who laugh about the 'jungle incompetence' of their non-indigenous 'squadies' to tell you that for a FACT.
But you can compare the article below from the CHIEF of the Arekuna Tribe himself - which says 'we want the Guyana Army OUT - but we remain loyal to Guyana' (we ALL do)...VERSUS the false PROPAGANDA version in the Government Newspaper which makes readers believe that the Tribe there 'WANTS MORE' Guyana Soldiers in it's community...a huge LIE.
Uncle Taman with one of his Brazilian grand daughters, one of the MOST significant aspects of this story is the fact that this living legend is the grandson of a mulatto BARBADIAN who ventured into the Rupununi region of Guyana in the late 1800's at a time when the tribe was still living 100% traditional, married a Makushi girl and founded the village of TOKA, a village much like Pine Ridge of the USA, it - and it's residents - are much respected and much feared (depending on if you are pro or anti Indigenous rights) and the village of TOKA is STILL being punished for being the headquarters and leaders of the only Amerindian armed rebellion in living memory in Guyana. Truly, you can find a Barbados connection to a great many significant events in the history of the Americas.