'Terrorist Attack' on Venezuelan Military Base Under Control

07 August, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Authorities said the men were mercenaries working for a US -backed opposition to bring down almost two decades of Socialism in oil-rich Venezuela, raising the specter of a further government crackdown on dissent in coming days.

The president said troops battled with the intruders until about 8 a.m. He was flanked by about a dozen men in military uniforms.

The president alleges the attack was "paid for" by anti-government leaders based in Miami and Colombia.

Security forces had earlier surrounded Ortega's office, preventing her from entering. The poll was heavily criticised by many countries that have also been condemning Maduro's regime.

In a video posted online, Temer says "there is no more space for non-democratic alternatives in South America".

In its first act on Saturday, August 5, the body, the Constituent Assembly, ordered the dismissal of the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who became a vociferous critic after breaking ranks with Maduro.

The Prosecutor general's office, which she heads, was opened on Wednesday an investigation for electoral fraud alleged in the election of the constituent Assembly on 30 July, claiming in addition to the cancellation of the installation of this all-powerful institution. Numerous demonstrators say they support the men who launched the attack.

"This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order", Caguaripano said in the video.

After Sunday's attack in Valencia, Padrino tweeted that the assailants "couldn't do anything against" the army. They are expected to be tried in military tribunals. In 2014, while a member of the national guard, Caguaripano denounced President Nicolas Maduro before going into exile.

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Authorities in Venezuela have announced they thwarted a "terrorist attack" on a military base not far from the capital, Caracas.

Jesus Suarez Chourio says troops responded "with one fist" and "the riffraff was defeated once again". Some would want to intercede in Venezuela to allow negotiations between the Government and the opposition to ensure free elections, release political prisoners and allow the supply of humanitarian assistance.

Venezuelans view the armed forces as the key power broker in their country, and opposition leaders have repeatedly exhorted the military to break with Maduro over what they call his erosion of democracy and brutality toward demonstrators.

One prominent leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was returned to house arrest after being hauled off to military prison four days ago.

GUNFIRE has been reported at a military base in the city of Valencia, Venezuela, and several arrests have been made in what appears to have been a military uprising.

The eyewitness spoke to The Associated Press by phone from Valencia and insisted on not being named for fear of possible reprisals.

Mr Cabello said full control had been restored at the Fuerte Paramacay military barracks.

It came after a video was released showing a group in military clothing declaring that they wanted to save the country from "destruction".

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