Maduro, the 'Tropical Stalin', struts as hunger and violence sweep Venezuela

Katrina Barker
August 7, 2017

But the rest of the country appeared to be calm, with the capital Caracas waking to a quiet Sunday morning.

Troops acted quickly to control the "irregular situation" at the Paramacay military base, Cabello, a supporter of President Nicolas Maduro, said on Twitter.

Military chiefs said the rebels, whom they described as "terrorists", were trying to steal weapons and that seven people were detained after the attack.

The Defence Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Functionaries of the ruling Socialist party called the incident a terrorist attack.

A newly installed constitutional assembly ousted Venezuela's defiant chief prosecutor Saturday, a sign that President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government intends to move swiftly against critics and consolidate power amid a fast-moving political crisis.

Of the 32 cabinet posts in the Maduro government, 12 are held by military men, 10 of them active-duty and two retired.

"This is not a coup d'etat", the speaker says.

In a video purportedly shot in city of Valencia, 16 men calling themselves the 41st Brigade declared a "civil-military action to restore the constitutional order".

Also yesterday the new assembly loyal to the embattled Maduro fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of the president's most vociferous critics, sparking a firestorm of condemnation from the U.S. and Latin American nations.

Pro-government sources claim the attack attempts.

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.

But the top brass continues to publicly profess loyalty to his government.

Maduro, who has said he will use the Assembly to punish his opponents, planned to attend the opening session.

Street protests since April in the South American nation have left more than 120 people dead as rock-throwing protesters have been met by rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas.

With unlimited powers to dissolve the National Assembly or amend laws, the new body is tasked with rewriting the 1999 constitution brought in under Maduro's late mentor and predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

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 accusations came hours after Reuters exclusively reported that only 3.7 million people had voted by 5:30pm in Sunday's (July 30) poll, according to internal elections data, compared to the 8.1 million people authorities said had voted that day.

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