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Venezuela army base attacked, 'terrorists' arrested

07 August 2017

A group of men wearing Venezuelan military uniforms announced the beginning of a "civil-military action" on Sunday as an ally of President Nicolas Maduro said that a military base was under attack from "terrorists".

The announcement came after a small group of men, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring themselves in rebellion in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located.

Gunshots were heard in the area during the night, Reuters reported, citing a witness in the area of the military base in the town of Naguanagua.

During just the first six months of this year, 1,420 Venezuelans have sought asylum in Mexico, a almost four-fold jump compared to the 361 total Venezuelan asylum applicants for all of 2016.

Security forces had earlier surrounded Ortega's office, preventing her from entering.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro decided Thursday to postpone the launch of a legislative superbody by 24 hours amid reports of fraud.

She said the application was based on alleged irregularities in last Sunday's controversial election.

His apparent bid to spur a national uprising comes six weeks after a rogue policemen attacked key installations in Caracas by helicopter, but also failed to spark a larger movement. Maduro's mentor, the late Hugo Chavez, started his political career with a 1992 coup attempt, for which he served time in jail before winning the presidency six years later.

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In the latest twist in the slow-motion crisis, Venezuela's chief prosecutor was sacked on Saturday and ordered to stand trial, less than 24 hours after a newly elected legislative superbody was installed with sweeping powers to strengthen President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

Maduro in turn has granted it vast powers, not just in military matters but over key government ministries - active or retired officers head 12 of 32 ministerial posts - and in vital economic sectors including petroleum.

Discontent is higher among lower-tier officials, who are often sent to control rowdy protests and are paid just a few dozen US dollars a month.

The election of the Constituent assembly has been marred by violence that has left ten dead, while already more than 120 people have been killed in four months of anti-government protests.

And on Saturday, when the newly-elected assembly held its first session, it voted to oust a chief prosecutor and major Maduro critic.

It also has the power to dissolve the opposition-controlled National Assembly. She has rejected her removal as illegal and vowed to continue working.

The socialist president of venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was a major blow to his opponents: just installed, the Constituent that he has endowed it with unlimited powers, has sacked an opponent of the toughest, the attorney general Luisa Ortega, the risk to aggravate further the tensions with the global community.

Venezuela army base attacked, 'terrorists' arrested