Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Probe into attempt on Maduro’s life indicate USA were behind - Venezuelan diplomat

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Leonard Rios | 06 August, 2018, 13:12

Interior Minister Reverol said six "terrorists and hired killers" had been arrested, several vehicles seized and hotels raided.

The second drone lost control and crashed into a nearby building, Reverol added.

"We believe that the regime will launch a fierce attack against the opposition, there will be more violations of human rights, and this gives rise to arrest, accuse and persecute the opposition within the country", said José Antonio Colina, president of Venezolanos Perseguidos Políticos en el Exilio (Veppex).

Reverol said one of the detained had an outstanding arrest warrant for his alleged role in the August 2017 attack on a military base in Valencia.

Seven soldiers were injured, the Venezuelan authorities said. A live broadcast of the parade showed President Maduro looking confused after a bang went off.

A little-known group called the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" claimed responsibility for the attack.

"If the objective of a government is to achieve the greatest amount of happiness possible, we can not tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates or teaches, only indoctrinating communism", added the statement.

Santos, a Nobel Peace Prize victor who negotiated a historic peace accord with Marxist guerrillas FARC, is due to hand over power to the hardline right-wing Ivan Duque, a vocal critic of Venezuela's regime, on Tuesday.

Mr Rodriguez accused Venezuela's right-wing opposition of carrying out the attack.

Maduro, though, blamed neighboring Colombia: "I have no doubt that the name Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack".

Maduro was unharmed in the alleged attempt, but he later said that "they tried to kill me", according to local reports. "I hope that President Donald Trump is ready to fight these terrorist groups".

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On other occasions, Maduro blamed Colombian paramilitary groups of trying to further destabilize the country whose crisis has spurred the migration of more than a million people over the past two years.

Later Mr Maduro said the incident had strengthened his resolve.

Three firefighters speaking on the condition of anonymity said the explosion was caused by a gas tank in a nearby apartment building but did not provide additional details, the AP wrote.

Photos on social media show bodyguards lifting multiple bulletproof shields in front of Maduro. The broadcast was quickly cut.

Venezuela's defense minister says attackers mounting an assassination attempt were aiming to decapitate the government's entire top leadership along with President Nicolas Maduro.

But Nicmer Evans, a former government loyalist and now leader of the opposition Frente Amplio party, said he feared the government's measures "open the door to persecution and a wave of repression".

It was not the first time Maduro's government has come under attack.

"The right insists on violence to take areas it can't through votes", he wrote.

"We warn that this confused event could be used as an excuse to repress the constitutional rights of the people to continue protesting for the defence of their rights", the statement said late Saturday. But he asserted that the "intellectual authors" and financiers behind the plan live in Florida.

Last year, the president said the new body replaced the elected legislature.

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