Pompeo echoes Bolton: US had no connection to Maduro assassination attempt
06 August, 2018, 10:05 | Author: Bert Pena
In a series of posts on social media, the group said that it had planned to fly two drones but that military snipers shot them down.
State television footage of the rally showed Maduro startled by what appeared to be an explosion and footage later panned to soldiers lined up on a boulevard who chaotically broke ranks in what appeared to be a reaction to a second blast.
As for Maduro's accusations that the alleged perpetrators are in Florida and Colombia, Andrade said that this is part of the "stigmatized Cuban script that is always the fault of the Miami and now Bogota groups".
Another witness, Mairum Gonzalez, described running in panic to her fifth-floor balcony, where she heard the second explosion and saw smoke rising.
He did not name the suspects.
A little-known group called the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" claimed responsibility for the attack.
The arrests suggest the attack was less a military uprising than an assault led by groups linked to anti-Maduro street protesters, dubbed "The Resistance", who have led two waves of violent demonstrations that left hundreds dead.
Bolivar Avenue of downtown Caracas, where the incident took place, was calm on Sunday. The stage where Maduro spoke had been removed. But firefighters said gas canisters had exploded in a nearby apartment.
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"We can not tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates nor teaches, only indoctrinating communism", said the statement, accusing the regime of having "made public office an obscene way to get rich".
"A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion".
"That drone was coming for me but there was a shield of love".
Moscow sided with Maduro's regime after his government faced global isolation when close to 130 people were killed in anti-regime protests a year ago.
"We warn that the government is taking advantage of this incident.to criminalise those who legitimately and democratically oppose it and deepen the repression and systematic human rights violations", wrote the Broad Front opposition coalition in a statement published on Twitter. "But in the meantime, I think what we really should focus on is the corruption and oppression in the Maduro regime in Venezuela". Maduro said those responsible would face "maximum punishment" and that "there will be no forgiveness".
USA national security advisor John Bolton insisted Sunday that there was "no USA government involvement" and even suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that the incident could have been "a pretext set up by the regime itself".
Venezuela's government routinely accuses opposition activists of plotting to attack and overthrow Maduro, a deeply unpopular leader who was recently elected to a new term in office in a vote decried by dozens of nations.
The agency reported all protests had taken place without official permission and were subsequently broken up by police. This past week, though, Trump said he'd be willing to meet with Iranian leaders without any preconditions.
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