Venezuela army base attacked, 'terrorists' arrested

Randolph Lopez
August 7, 2017

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. Solo le pido a Dios que lo proteja a él y a quienes lo siguen.

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

He later reportedly sought exile after a military tribunal ordered his arrest, appearing in an interview on CNN en Espanol to draw attention to dissatisfaction within the ranks over Venezuela's demise.

The military's capabilities - and its loyalty under duress - are core concerns at a time when its leaders have claimed that a "paramilitary" force led by a deserter and backed by "foreign governments" has attacked a military base in what might be seen as an incipient coup attempt.

Lopez was released from prison July 8 and placed under house arrest after serving three years of a 13-year sentence on charges of inciting violence at opposition rallies. They say it could re-write the constitution, re-arrange state institutions and allow socialist President Nicolas Maduro to rule by decree.

In a letter to assembly President Delcy Rodriguez after the 545-0 vote, Venezuela's Supreme Court said it also has disqualified Ortega from holding any public office for an indefinite period and prohibited her from leaving the country, opening the way to her prosecution on charges of unspecified "crimes".

More than ten countries of the region, among them Argentina, Colombia, and Peru, said that would not recognize the electoral results.

Ortega, a Maduro critic, was replaced by one of his supporters.

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Venezuelan security forces have taken up position outside the office of the country's chief prosecutor.

"These attacks, planned by delirious minds in Miami, only strengthen the morale of our armed forces and the Bolivarian people", said Socialist Party official Elias Jaua.

Assembly delegates later swore in as her replacement Ombudsman Tarek William Saab, who was recently sanctioned by the Trump administration for failing to protect protesters from abuses in his role as the nation's top human rights official.

Worldwide pressure against Venezuela's election has been increasing as the United States, Mexico and Colombia said they're freezing assets and imposing other restrictions on certain current and former Venezuelan government officials.

Lopez had been arrested along with another opposition leader, Antonio Ledezma - who was released back to home detention Friday, August 4 - in the aftermath of the highly contested vote to create the assembly.

Opposition leaders have sharply criticised what they call the "politicisation" of the military under Maduro and his predecessor.

Maduro contends that the assembly is the solution for Venezuela's political standoff and dire economy.

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