- Title: Soldiers and activists clash in area of Venezuela where uprising was squashed
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: VALENCIA, VENEZUELA (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) ACTIVISTS THROWING ROCKS WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE PUSHING BIG TABLE DOWN STREET TO SET UP BARRICADE ACTIVIST WITH TEAR GAS FIRING TEAR GAS WITH HOMEMADE INSTRUMENT EXPLOSION GOING OFF AS ACTIVISTS IN FOREGROUND LIGHTING HOMEMADE INSTRUMENT WHILE OTHERS THROW ROCKS WITH TEAR GAS IN BACKGROUND ACTIVISTS RUNNING ACTIVISTS ON FOOT AND MOTORCYCLE RUNNING AMID TEAR GAS ACTIVISTS DRAGGING ITEMS ON STREET TO BUILD BARRICADE SOLDIERS STANDING BEHIND TREES AND DODGING TEAR GAS VARIOUS OF ACTIVIST IN HOOD IN HOLDING ITEM IN FOREGROUND WITH SOLDIERS WITH RIOT GEAR IN BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF MEN THROWING ROCKS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING: "I'm very sad. I'm angry but at the same time, I'm strong, so that my Venezuela can get out of this situation soon." PEOPLE ON STREET BARRICADE STREET EXTERIOR OF MILITARY BASE WHERE REBELLION WAS REPORTED TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 20:22
- Location: VALENCIA, VENEZUELA
- City: VALENCIA, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T0QHQF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venezuelan soldiers battled activists in the streets of Valencia on Sunday (August 6), hours after authorities suppressed a small rebellion at a nearby military base and arrested seven men who they say participated in a "terrorist attack" against the government of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.
Earlier on Sunday a video circulated on social media showing a group of men in military uniform announcing an uprising in the wake of the creation of a pro-government legislative superbody on Friday, which was widely condemned as a power grab. Some of the alleged plotters got away with weapons stolen from the base, and state security forces were "intensely" searching for them, the defense ministry said in a statement.
Hundreds took to the streets in Valencia to support the uprising, said resident Carolina Herrera, who like other witnesses reported shots through the night.
But hooded protesters had been largely dispelled with tear gas by midday on Sunday, and the rest of the South American country of 30 million appeared to be calm.
Still, the episode highlights how volatile Venezuela is after four months of sustained anti-government protests over what the opposition calls the country's slide into a dictatorship.
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