The neocons call Venezuela's colectivos thugs. They will fight; however, they are defenders of democratic socialism against proven fascists (neocons are actually fascists pretending to be democratic).
The collectivists don't ever start the problem. The fascists are always the instigators. The fascists set things up to start trouble. That's what they are all about: destabilizing so that the super greedy rise to the top after democracy is completely subverted.
This is what all the regime-change wars the US has started all over the place have been all about: pure greed!