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Venezuela: Maduro calls on nation to 'protect homeland'

Venezuela: Maduro calls on nation to 'protect homeland'
President Nicolas Maduro calls on people to take to streets to ‘protect constitutional order' amid reports of coup attempt

By Jeyhun Aliyev and Beyza Binnur Donmez

ANKARA (AA) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday called on people to take to the streets to “protect the homeland and constitutional order” amid reports of the coup attempt in the country.

The military commanders are committed to Venezuela's constitutional order, Maduro said in a Twitter post.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Rodriguez said a group of soldiers are self-deployed on the Altamira distributor road, which is close to La Carlota military air base, for uprising against the Constitution and the peace of the country.

Earlier, opposition leader Juan Guaido released a video on Twitter in which he can be seen alongside soldiers and calling for uprising to end the "usurpation" of Maduro.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since Jan. 10, when Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

Tensions escalated when Guaido, who heads Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself acting president on Jan. 23, a move which was supported by the U.S. and many European and Latin American countries.

Guadio stressed that this was the beginning of the final phase of the so-called Operation Freedom Operation to oust Maduro.

"The National Armed Forces have made the correct decision, they have the support of the Venezuelan people," Guaido said.

The opposition also made a public call to take to the streets to support the "democratic forces" and "recover country's freedom".

source: News Feed
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