Venezuela reinstates opposition leader's house arrest

07 August, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • New Venezuela assembly begins

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.

It came after a video was released showing a group in military clothing declaring that they wanted to save the country from "destruction".

The Vatican called on Friday for Venezuela's government to suspend its new legislative superbody and made a direct appeal to the security forces to avoid excessive force in dealing with opposition protests. That intensified this week with the election and installation of a constitutional assembly that will rule with almost unlimited powers.

The President proposed the constitutional initiative in May and said it would help to resolve the political deadlock between the country's leftist and right-wing factions.

Socialist deputy Diosdado Cabello called the incident a "terrorist attack" at a military base in Valencia, a central city west of the capital, Caracas.

A "terrorist" rebellion has been crushed in Venezuela after a group of men stormed a military base in the early hours, according to authorities.

"What happens in Venezuela, it is a hostage taking total of all institutions by a single camp, by a single political party", responded Saturday, Julio Borges, president of the parliament, the only institution controlled by the opposition.

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In the widely circulated rebellion video, a man identifying himself as Juan Carlos Caguaripano, a former National Guard captain of the 41st Army Tank Brigade, demanded "the immediate formation of a transition government".

"This is not a coup d'etat", he said.

One of those - Leopoldo Lopez - was returned to house arrest on Saturday - after being detained in military prison for four days.

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. The authorities on this report, that the barracks of Valencia order is restored.

Also on Saturday, South American trade bloc Mercosur indefinitely suspended Venezuela, adding to worldwide pressure on Maduro to dismantle the newly created assembly and restore democracy. More than 100 people have been killed, almost 2,000 wounded and more than 500 detained.

The largely ceremonial installation of the constituent assembly offered few hints as what its first moves would be. Critics say juicy government contracts, corruption, and contraband mean many military officials want Maduro to stay in office and fear persecution should the opposition take power.

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