Venezuela official reports attack at military base after group declares rebellion

Leopoldo Lopez and his wife Lilian Tintori talking in their house in Caracas Venezuela

Leopoldo Lopez and his wife Lilian Tintori talking in their house in Caracas Venezuela

Venezuela's socialist party (PSUV) leaded by Hugo Chávez implemented an anti-capitalist revolution ("La Revolución Bolivariana") when it came to power in 1999, and since then the party has destroyed Venezuela's democracy up to the point of emulating totalitarian governments such as Bashar al-Assad's in Syria, Kim Jong-un's in North Korea, and Robert Mugabe's in Zimbabwe.

Calling the group the 41st Brigade, he announces a rebellion and demands the "immediate formation of a transitional government and free elections".

On Saturday, Mr Maduro's new "constituent assembly" removed the chief prosecutor from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government. The Maduro government later identified a former official as the ringleader in Sundays attack, but didnt identify him by name and Caguaripano was not among the attackers killed or captured.

Venezuela's deepening political and economic crisis has provoked a surge of asylum seekers to Mexico this year, government figures show, with applications to stay in Mexico setting a record pace.

Also yesterday the new assembly loyal to the embattled Maduro fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of the president's most vociferous critics, sparking a firestorm of condemnation from the U.S. and Latin American nations.

In a tweet, Ortega asked the global community to denounce what she called "this arbitrary action". The United States and the European Union called the vote "illegal".

Delegates said they were acting in response to a ruling by the government-stacked Supreme Court, which banned Ortega from leaving the country and froze her bank accounts while it weighs criminal charges against her for alleged irregularities.

The countries indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the South American trading bloc Mercosur for its "rupture of the democratic order".

Embattled Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned to house arrest after spending four days in military prison, his wife Lilian Tintori revealed on Twitter. Seven people were detained, while security forces continue to search for more attackers from the group.

But the rallies grew more muted this week as the assembly vowed to go after those seen as inciting street action.

It might look like the United States has taken a step forward by deciding to impose sanctions on American firms and individuals doing business with Mr Maduro, but it is demoralising to learn that, on the other hand, Venezuela and the U.S. have been trading oil with each other.

Maduro responded to the global criticism by telling an Argentine radio station that "Venezuela will not be taken out of Mercosur - never!"

Maduro has around 20% public support, according to surveys by the Datanalisis polling firm. Thousands have sought shelter in neighboring countries, particularly Colombia and Brazil.

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