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Venezuelan Leaders Say They Squashed Attempted Uprising At Military Base

07 August 2017

The ruling Socialist Party's deputy, Diosdado Cabello, said there had been a "terrorist attack" at a military base.

The announcement came after a small group of men, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring themselves in rebellion in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located.

Venezuela's ANC has received support from many corners of the world, including the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the Council of Electoral Specialists of Latin America, and the Network of Communicators of Mercosur, just to name a few.

Brazil is criticizing the removal of Venezuela's chief prosecutor by a newly installed constitutional assembly with almost unlimited authority to govern.

Authorities said the men were mercenaries working for a USA -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.

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She alleged that authorities were desperate to get their hands on dossiers containing information on dirty dealings by high-level officials, including sensitive details about millions of dollars in bribes paid by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Of the video calling for an uprising, NPR's Philip Reeves reports, "the footage shows a man identifying himself as a captain demanding a transitional government and the restoration of constitutional order".

President Maduro said Ortega Diaz was "complicit" in the "armed insurgency" that his government is facing through opposition protests, which have engulfed the country for more than four months and left more than 120 people dead.

Appointed in 2007 by president Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), Ms. Ortega was the main figure of institutional to dare to challenge publicly his successor.

"Every day, each scheduled session of this Constituent Assembly will mark a new page in the history of sovereignty, peace, and independence of Venezuela", Rodriguez added.

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But the opposition, which boycotted last Sunday's vote, views it as a way for Maduro to hold onto power.

Discontent is higher among lower-tier officials, who are often sent to control rowdy protests and are paid just a few dozen USA dollars a month.

On Saturday the pro-government body removed the dissident chief prosecutor from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government.

Socialist party loyalists regularly use the term "terrorist" to describe opposition leaders and protesters.

The socialist president of venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was a major blow to his opponents: just installed, the Constituent that he has endowed it with unlimited powers, has sacked an opponent of the toughest, the attorney general Luisa Ortega, the risk to aggravate further the tensions with the worldwide community. She has rejected her removal as illegal and vowed to continue working.

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Venezuelan Leaders Say They Squashed Attempted Uprising At Military Base