'Terrorist' rebellion thwarted in Venezuela

Casey Dawson
August 7, 2017

"To attach the term democracy to Venezuela with this new constituent Assembly is on very weak ground".

Security forces had earlier surrounded Ortega's office, preventing her from entering.

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.

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

Several opposition activists have been jailed in recent days, others are rumored to be seeking exile and one leader has broken ranks from the opposition alliance to say his party will field candidates in regional elections despite widespread distrust of the electoral system.

The Constituent Assembly, elected last weekend in a vote marred by violence and allegations of fraud, will sit in a chamber in the Legislative Palace in Caracas, where the opposition-controlled legislature is located.

The military denounced a "paramilitary attack" and said seven men who had been detained were "giving up information".

Citing Control Ciudadano, our correspondent said: "What's unusual about this man who speaks in the video, who says he's a captain in the army, is that he was wanted by the government in 2014, also for trying to organise some sort of insurrection". "The only thing it's doing is destroying itself and committing suicide". On Saturday, the South American trade bloc Mercosur moved to suspend Venezuela for failing to follow democratic norms.

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Venezuela had been temporarily suspended in December.

"This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order", Caguaripano said in the video.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry calls Luisa Ortega Diaz's ouster "arbitrary and illegal".

The constitutional assembly is made up of delegates from an array of pro-government sectors such as trade unionists, students and even representatives of Venezuelans with physical disabilities.

The inaugural session of its 500-plus members - who include Maduro's wife and son - will take place under high tension.

Venezuelan authorities quelled an apparent short-lived military rebellion early Sunday, a ruling socialist party leader said, a day after a new all-powerful legislative body condemned by the worldwide community began targeting opposition foes.

Venezuela's deepening political and economic crisis has provoked a surge of asylum seekers to Mexico this year, government figures show, with applications to stay in Mexico setting a record pace.

The head of Venezuela's National Electoral Body Tibisay Lucena said the figures in question were managed exclusively by the Venezuelan government, and not the auditing firm.

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