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Venezuela government claims control after 'terrorist' attack on military base

07 August 2017, 01:14 | Kara Nash

Members of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly

Members of Venezuela

The new Constituent Assembly, packed with Maduro allies including the president's wife and son, has quickly used its supreme powers to clamp down on dissent.

Venezuela's military says it put down a rebellion at a key army base in Valencia on Sunday, less than two days after the government appeared to ensure its indefinite rule by forming a legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.

The opposition is struggling to regain its footing in the face of the government's tactics and re-emergence of old, internal divisions.

The statement said those detained had "confessed" to being hired by "extreme-right activists, in connection with foreign governments".

An eyewitness who lives near the Venezuelan military base where troops suppressed an apparent uprising says residents gathered nearby and shouted "freedom!" as the attack was underway. "But more than that, it is to save the country from total destruction".

"This is not a coup but a military and civil action to re-establish constitutional order", said the leader, who said his name was Juan Caguaripano and referenced "Operation David".

The attack targeting the Paramacay military base in Venezuela was carried out by a group of civilians, the country's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Sunday.

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Venezuelan intelligence agents have returned opposition leader Antonio Ledezma to his home, where he is serving house arrest, after taking him to prison early on Tuesday, Ledezma's family said on Friday.

Speaking on television, Maduro said that of the 10 men who didn't get away, just one was a military officer and he had deserted a few months ago.

"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.

But with the European Union and other nations also condemning the Constituent Assembly, Maduro is fighting against a broad tide, even if he has support of Russian Federation, which holds billions in Venezuelan debt, as well as Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was to install a powerful new assembly of his allies on Friday, dismissing an worldwide outcry and opposition protests saying he is burying democracy in his country.

Its installation is virtually certain to intensify a political crisis that has brought four months of protests in which at least 120 people have died and hundreds more have been jailed. They intend to continue to do so, they announced, raising fears of tensions within the building.

Also on Saturday, South American trade bloc Mercosur indefinitely suspended Venezuela, adding to global pressure on Maduro to dismantle the newly created assembly and restore democracy.



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