Military Base Attacked in Venezuela as Video Calls for Rebellion

On July 30, Mr. Maduro held a contentious election to secure control over the country by establishing a new governing body, called the Constituent Assembly. In the vote, Venezuelans were asked to choose delegates from a list of party allies who would rewrite the Constitution and rule the nation while they did so.

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Voters were not given the option of rejecting the plan, and opposition parties boycotted the vote.

On Sunday, the local news media reported that explosions were heard at the Paramacay military base in Carabobo, an apparent attack by dissident security forces.

Diosdado Cabello, a powerful member of the ruling socialist party, said the base was “totally under control” and added that “various terrorists have been detained.”

The government released a video later Sunday morning showing the base appearing to be in their control as lines of soldiers stood at attention.

“We were the target of a terrorist, paramilitary, mercenary attack against peace,” said Maj. Gen. Jesús Suárez Chourio, a military commander who was at the base. “But they found us as a single fist, like an oak tree, united for peace.”

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López said in a statement that those captured had confessed to having been under contract from

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/world/americas/venezuela-nicholas-maduro-military-base-attacked.html

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