Venezuela: More troops deploy in Caracas after military base attack

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The Venezuelan government has beefed up its military presence in the capital Caracas after the military base attack near the central city of Valencia.

Dozens of Venezuela’s tanks and military vehicles were seen near the Caracas on the night of Monday to Tuesday. Security measures have been strengthened throughout the country, and roadblocks have been put up on the main roads by the military.

Early, Venezuelan authorities said they have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, shortly after a small group of men dressed in fatigues released a video declaring themselves in rebellion.

Venezuela has for months been in the throes of a political crisis with protests that have left more than 100 dead, nearly 2,000 wounded and over 500 detained.

Last week, two opposition leaders were taken from their homes in the middle of the night by intelligence agents and hauled to prison.

It came days after the country’s president formed a legislative superbody, internationally condemned as a power grab.

On Saturday, Mr Maduro’s new “constituent assembly” removed the chief prosecutor from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government.


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