[News] US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela

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  US Has Given Green Light for Coup in Venezuela: Maduro

April 18, 2017

A day before opposition leaders convened more protests in Caracas 
calling for the ouster of Venezuela's government, the country's leader 
has accused the United States of working with right-wing leaders towards 
a coup.

"The U.S. government, the State Department has given the green light, 
the approval for a coup process to intervene in Venezuela," President 
Nicolas Maduro said, speaking from the Miraflores Palace.

Maduro said that security forces had arrested an “armed commando group 
sent by the opposition in order to attack the mobilization called by the 
right-wing for Wednesday to generate violence and deaths in the 
country.” An investigation has been opened to determine those behind the 
plan.

According to the Venezuelan leader, who also pointed to a U.S. State 
Department statement issued Tuesday evening, warning of an 
"international response" should "peaceful protests" face repression, the 
U.S. government wrote up a coup scenario for opposition leader Julio Borges.

The “scenario” Maduro referred to consists in generating violence and 
deaths before blaming the Venezuelan government for allegedly violently 
attacking political opponents. Then the plot leaders would demand 
immediate elections, ahead of Maduro's official end of term in 2019.

“No more coups in Venezuela, no more plots,” said Maduro, adding that he 
activated a public security plan to maintain order.

The Venezuelan leader also called on government supporters to take the 
streets in the defense of the 18-year Bolivarian Revolution, which has 
seen an unprecedented internal and external attack in recent months.

The demonstrations come after weeks of opposition-led anti-government 
demonstrations calling for the ouster of the country's Supreme Court 
judges as well as President Nicolas Maduro. According to reports, among 
those killed in the ensuing violence include a 13-year-old boy who was 
shot Wednesday when opposition protesters entered a social housing 
complex and an 83-year-old woman who was not able to receive medical 
attention due to opposition roadblocks.

Opposition protesters have vandalized various areas in Caracas in recent 
days causing economic damage estimated at around 50 billion bolivars, 
President Maduro announced Sunday. A high school, a community health 
center, various subsidized food markets and several government 
ministries have also reportedly been severely affected.

The opposition MUD alliance has called for a "Mega March" protest in 
Caracas on Wednesday and estimate a large turnout with promotions 
flooding social media.

Officials fear that there could be violence should they attempt to 
redirect marches to areas where pro-government demonstrators will be 
gathered.

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