Jan 21, 2019

Venezuela 'foils national guard rebellion' against Maduro

EPA Members of Venezuela's National Guard have been arrested after they allegedly revolted against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, the defence ministry said in a statement. The men reportedly seized weapons from a National Guard command post in the Cotiza area of the capital, Caracas. The ministry of defence said a "Small group" of National Guard members had stolen weapons from a security post in the Petare neighbourhood of Caracas and taken four officers hostage before making their way to Cotiza in the early hours of Monday. According to the defence ministry statement, they encountered "Strong resistance" from officers loyal to the government in the National Guard command post in Cotiza. In the past weeks, the new leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, has called on those critical of the government to resume their protests once again and has called for anti-government marches to be held on Wednesday.

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