Venezuela quells attack on military base as anti-government protests rage in country [Photos]
Venezuelan authorities quelled an attack on a military base near the city of Valencia by soldiers and armed civilians on Sunday.
Venezuelan authorities quelled an attack on a military base near the city of Valencia by soldiers and armed civilians on Sunday, killing two of them in a dramatic escalation of unrest in the country. Reuters
The pre-dawn raid coincided with a video circulated on social media showing more than a dozen men in military uniform announcing an uprising to restore constitutional order following the creation of a pro-government legislative superbody on Friday. Reuters
The assault highlighted the growing volatility of the OPEC member state after four months of sustained anti-government protests in which some 120 people have been killed. The Opposition has denounced Maduro for dragging Venezuela toward dictatorship and has appealed to the military for help. Reuters
Two of the attackers were killed in a firefight with soldiers, Maduro said. Socialist party officials said eight others were arrested, including at least three from the military, while the remainder made off with weapons. Reuters
Last week, Venezuela elected a 545-member legislative superbody that Maduro calls Venezuela's only hope for restoring peace. The Opposition calls it a power play aimed at keeping the president in office. Reuters