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Venezuelan government quashes a military uprising



A man who identified himself as Sgt. Wandres Figueroa led and a small group of uniformed men to the special security unit headquarters at approximately 2:50 am local (1:50 am ET). The invasion was recorded on a cell phone and distributed via social media. In the videos, Figueroa speaks to the camera and calls the Venezuelans to take to the streets.

Small groups of demonstrators appeared on the narrow streets of the Cotiza neighborhood.

The National Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the "small group of assailants" had been detained

"The Bolivarian National Armed Forces categorically reject these types of acts, which, with all certainty, are motivated by the dark interests of the extreme right and are contrary to the elemental laws of military discipline, honor and traditions of our institution, "Padrino's statement said

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The minister said the group had stolen two military vehicles and kidnapped four people and that "full weight

The events took place just days before a national call for protest issued by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which said it does not recognize

Venezuela's Supreme Court, stacked with Maduro loyalists, issued a ruling in Caracas on Monday stating that the National Assembly is invalid

Judge Juan Jose Mendoza, one of the leaders of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, said: "Under no circumstances can the (Legislature )

On January 15, the National Assembly accused the Maduro government of "usurping power" and began drafting an amnesty law that would shelter any defecting member of the armed forces from rebelling against the government

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