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Civilians Attacked Military Base in Venezuela, Not Terrorists - Defense Minister

07 August 2017, 01:16 | Damon Campbell

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Luisa Ortega Diaz Venezuelan General Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz speaks to the media outside her office after security forces surrounded the entrance in Caracas Venezuela

Powerful explosions were heard by a team of AFP journalists.

Padrino is a sort of "superminister", to whom other cabinet members must report, Maduro said a year ago.

Officials said several of the "terrorists" had been arrested and insisted all was normal across the country.

He was later granted house arrest following a ruling by Venezuela's Supreme Court months ago which said Lopez was granted the "humanitarian measure" for health reasons.

The opposition, which controls the legislature, has become sidelined.

Four months of protests in the divided country have left at least 120 people dead, 2,000 wounded and over 500 in jail.

Late Saturday, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned to house arrest after being taken into custody in the middle of the night Tuesday.

Maduro's new "constituent assembly" removed the chief prosecutor from her post over the weekend and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government.

On Sunday it announced - then suspended - the creation of a "truth commission" sought by Maduro to probe alleged crimes by the opposition.

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"The United States condemn the illegal dismissals of public prosecutor of Venezuela @LOrtegaDiaz" (the identity of Ms. Ortega on the social network, ed), reacted on Twitter to the spokesman for the State department, Heather Nauert, denouncing "the dictatorship authoritarian rule of Maduro". On Saturday, the South American trade bloc Mercosur moved to suspend Venezuela for failing to follow democratic norms.

"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.

Local reporters published videos appearing to show dozens of Venezuelans near the base in Valencia taking to the streets to protest the government before being pushed back with tear gas.

Camimpeg is at the heart of the "military-industrial engine", a Maduro idea for confronting what he sees as the "economic war" being waged by the opposition and sympathetic businesses to destabilize his government.

But Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, the head of the armed forces, has said the military's loyalty was unshakable.

Seven men were detained in Sunday's attack on the base in the central city of Valencia. "They try to assault it with terrorist attacks". Numerous demonstrators say they support the men who launched the attack.

Speaking to camera, a man identifying himself as Captain Juan Caguaripano said any unit refusing to go along with its call for rebellion would be declared a military target.

"We demand the immediate formation of a transition government", Caguaripano said.

It was not known if he was the lieutenant referred to in the military statement.



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