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Venezuela Says 'Attack' at Military Base Has Been Controlled

Venezuela Says 'Attack' at Military Base Has Been Controlled

"We shouldn't think the government is winning", said Julio Borges, president of the opposition-controlled congress, making an emotional plea for Maduro's opponents to remain on the streets and capitalize on the government's increasing global isolation.

Amid a collapsing economy and food shortages, anti-Maduro protests have been a near constant in Venezuela since April.

"This is just a tiny example of what's coming for everyone that dares to oppose this totalitarian form of government", Ortega said in the statement she signed as chief prosecutor. “The captured subjects confessed to having been hired in the states of Zulia, Lara and Yaracuy by activists of the Venezuelan extreme right (the opposition) in connection with foreign governments, ” the Maduro Regime claimed.

One person has died and one person has been badly injured.

The FANB has some 365,000 troops (army, navy, air force, national guard and reserve), only 1,000 fewer than Brazil, according to the Latin American Security and Defense Network, a policy and analysis centre.

In a video purportedly shot in city of Valencia, 16 men calling themselves the 41st Brigade declared a "civil-military action to restore the constitutional order".

Jesús Suárez Chourio, Commander of Venezuela's Army said in a video from the base, "we found a paramilitary group who took advantage of the current situation and assaulted us". "Not only do they stop people arbitrarily, but they are judged by the military justice system, and now they do not let the attorney general in his office".

Earlier a video circulated online in which a man who identified himself as Capt. Juan Caguaripano announced the men were in rebellion and encouraged Venezuelans to support them.

That statement said the officer had deserted three years ago and taken refuge in Miami, in the U.S. state of Florida.

Padrino Lopez calls the incident a "propaganda show".

But Venezuelan authorities said they had suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia.

Jesus Suarez Chourio says troops responded "with one fist" and "the riffraff was defeated once again".

"At dawn terrorists entered the Paramacay base in Valencia to attack our national armed forces". 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.

But he was taken back into custody last Tuesday along with former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma in what many believed was a renewed crackdown on the opposition following the election of delegates to a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly charged with overhauling the nation's charter.

A military spokesman said there had been seven arrests. Use social media as it is done in Venezuela to read, write, post, tweet, share, and, in the end, somehow intervene.