- Title: Venezuelaâ€™s opposition eyes fissures in military following quashed rebellion
- Date: 6th August 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AUGUST 06, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GENERAL VIEW OF EVENT WITH MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION OPPOSITION FIGURE AND GOVERNOR OF MIRANDA STATE, HENRIQUE CAPRILES, SPEAKING AT LECTERN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OPPOSITION FIGURE AND GOVERNOR OF MIRANDA STATE, HENRIQUE CAPRILES, SAYING: "We do not believe that the whole military family is what the military leadership says because the military family, all Venezuelans today, the vast majority of Venezuelans are facing the same problems." AUDIENCE CLAPPING AND CHANTING "FREEDOM" AS CAPRILES WALKS AWAY FROM LECTERN CAPRILES GREETING OPPOSITION MEMBERS ON STAGE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES, SPEAKING AT LECTERN BORGES SPEAKING TO AUDIENCE FROM LECTERN (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES, SAYING: "The first thing I want to establish here as president of the National Assembly is that we want the truth. Don't give us Chinese whispers. Don't come at us with a witch hunt. Don't blame those who simply want a democratic Venezuela. For me it is very clear, the armed forces are a reflection of the country which wants a change and we need to achieve this so the whole country, as one people, can get this democratic change for the new Venezuela that we deserve." GENERAL VIEW OF AUDIENCE STANDING IN APPLAUSE BORGES SHAKING HANDS WITH MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION ON STAGE FIRED CHIEF PROSECUTOR LUISA ORTEGA DIAZ WALKING UP STAIRS ORTEGA DIAZ WALKING TOWARDS MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FIRED CHIEF PROSECUTOR, LUISA ORTEGA DIAZ, SAYING: "You all need to understand that I am being persecuted and I denounce any attack against me, anything that puts my life at risk falls on the national government, especially on Sebin (Bolivarian Intelligence Service). I have spoken with different international figures, prime ministers, presidents, chief prosecutors from others countries and everyone is aware of the situation I'm going through." ORTEGA DIAZ WALKING WITH MEDIA AROUND HER
- Embargoed: 20th August 2017 20:47
- Keywords: Venezuela Nicolas Maduro anti-government attack on military base
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T0QGXZ
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- Story Text: Members of Venezuela's opposition on Sunday (August 06) dismissed reports of a unified military in the country after reports from President Nicolas Maduro reported authorities had suppressed a small rebellion at a military base.
Seven men were arrested near the city of Valencia in what the government described as a "terrorist attack". 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 last week, which was widely condemned as a power grab.
Authorities said the men were mercenaries working for a U.S.-backed opposition to bring down nearly two decades of Socialism in oil-rich Venezuela, raising the spectre of a further government crackdown on dissent in coming days.
Among those facing the ire of the Socialist government is Luisa Ortega, a dissident chief prosecutor who was fired from her post and ordered to stand trial. She told media that the government was responsible for any threats to her life. She has also refused to recognise the order to stand down.
Authorities have played down any insurrection in the military as small and limited, talking up the strength of Venezuela's Bolivian forces.
More than 120 people have died in months of protests against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro.
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