Venezuela Claims It "Crushed" A Military Rebellion

One day after Maduro's new "constituent assembly" expelled chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz - the highest-ranking member of President Maduro’s administration to break ranks with the authoritarian - from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming fears that it would use its unchecked powers to root out government critics, Venezuelan authorities claimed to have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, an official said on Sunday morning.

As Reuters reports, socialist Party deputy Diosdado Cabello made the announcement shortly after the release of a video showing a group of men in military uniform announcing a rebellion and calling for a broad uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. Cabello also said that there was a "terrorist" attack at a military base controlled by troops loyal to the government and several people were arrested, according to AP. One witness in the area of a military base in the town of Naguanagua reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but Cabello said the situation had been brought under control.

On Twitter, Cabello said that troops acted quickly to control the situation in the early morning at the Paramacay base in the central city of Venezuela.

In a video released on Sunday, a man who identified himself as Juan Carlos Caguaripano, a former National Guard captain, and flanked by about a dozen men in military uniforms said: "We demand the immediate formation of a transition government." He added that "this is not a coup d'etat. This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order. But more than that, it is to save the country from total destruction." In the video, Caguaripano added that any unit refusing to go along with its call for rebellion would be declared a military target.

Video clips posted on Twitter on Sunday morning showed civilians singing the national anthem in front of the 41st armorder brigade in the Valencia military base.

Previously on Saturday evening, prominent opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned home to serve his sentence under house arrest, days after being hauled back to prison in the middle of the night in a move that drew international condemnation. The activist's wife Lilian Tintori said in a message on Twitter that she and her husband remained committed to achieving "peace and freedom for Venezuela."

Lopez was released from prison July 8 and placed under house arrest after serving three years of a 13-year sentence on charges of inciting violence at opposition rallies. Many human rights groups considered him a political prisoner. But he was taken back into custody last Tuesday along with former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma in what many believed was a renewed crackdown on the opposition following the election of delegates to a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly charged with overhauling the nation's charter.

It is unclear if a potential military coup was confined to just one base, and if it is indeed contained as the ruling regime claims; it is also unclear if this was a legitimate "rebellion" or another staged operation. Considering that just over a month ago, a famous action movie star manned a helicopter and "dropped grenades" in what was said to be an attempted coup, but many said was merely staged theater to generate empathy for the Maduro regime, it is difficult to keep track what in Venezuela is a real and what is a fake military uprising.


Manthong froze25 (not verified) Sun, 08/06/2017 - 10:24 Permalink

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Even though their oil is pretty heavy… we have the hammer. ..although I do not agree with the tactics… they are toast.

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Lore The_Juggernaut Sun, 08/06/2017 - 15:54 Permalink

No. Western coverage is rotten, but the economic hitmen have been mucking around here for decades, and evidence suggests that this is yet another attempt at "color revolution":US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Truth Is Easy if You Follow the Money Trail (31-Jul)

"While the Western media attempts to frame Venezuela’s crisis as a result of “socialism” and “dictatorship,” it is clear by reading the West’s own policy papers that it is owed instead to a systematic assault on Venezuela’s sociopolitical stability and economic viability, spanning decades...One needs not be a fan of “socialism” to understand that the ultimate outcome of Venezuela’s collapse will be a further concentration of power in Washington and Wall Street’s hands. Such power, regardless of whatever ideology it is superficially wielded behind, will always be abused. Regardless of the alleged form of government a nation may take, as long as it is a step away from unipolar globalization, it is a step in the right direction. The crisis in Venezuela is not one of socialism versus capitalism or dictatorship versus democracy – it is one of hegemony versus national sovereignty, of centralized unipolar power versus an increasingly multipolar world."

Why is Venezuela in the White House’s Crosshairs? Confronting The Neoliberal Propaganda Media Machine (11-Jun)

"In his hour-long presentation, the Ambassador introduced the issues at stake by explaining that Venezuela today has the largest known oil reserves in the world and the fourth largest deposits of gas; that the US is importing 60% of its lush energy use (a distant first of the globe’s per capita energy users), mostly from the Middle East, where it is subject to long and costly transport (40-45 days), and to many risk factors, including the Gulf of Hormuz, controlled by Iran, where today about one third of all the world’s petrol must pass through. By contrast, shipments of petroleum from Venezuela across the Caribbean to the refineries in Texas takes only 4-5 days. This is the main reason why Venezuela is in the White House’s crosshairs, plus, of course, the fact that for Washington it is totally intolerable to have a sovereign socialist Republic in its ‘backyard’ – and so close, the same syndrome applies also for Cuba, a genuinely successful socialist nation, having survived almost sixty years of atrocious and criminal American strangulation. There is no tolerance for sovereign independent countries that do not bend to the dictate of the United States and her behind the scene handlers."

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a Smudge by an… froze25 (not verified) Sun, 08/06/2017 - 11:52 Permalink

Sadly this won't get better soon. They are piled sky high with debt, the Bolivar enjoys a universal complete lack of confidence and Venezuela hasn't been food-independent in living memory.

Maduro doesn't have another playbook. He's got his Marxist-Bolivation ideology and he's intransigent. Given that he will not remove price, capital and currency controls, he'll keep inflating because it's his only move.

I suppose if oil were to double in price overnight it would help but....yeah probably not gonna happen.

So the starvation scenario is guaranteed.

If Trump imposes oil sanctions he'll instantly be blamed by the world community so I hope somebody has enough sense to talk him out of this. However, the "global left" has already decided the CIA is to blame for all of this. No love lost there.

Any income Maduro currently gets from oil he has to distribute among his "loyalists" or they won't be loyal for long. That's a pretty tight circle. The irony of this troops photographed getting two rolls of toilet paper, a bar of soap and a box of tampons was pathetic. The humiliation on their faces was clear. Morale has to be abysmal at this point.

Now just for fun, historically the Venezuelan military has stepped in to uphold constitutional law but Maduro has been purging them for years. This diminishes their potential. Plus the opposition leader Lopez, he's not a really great option in the minds of many. He and his family really are part of the "elite oligarchy". I'm not sure how much heartfelt support he has. So we're left with a popular uprising.

I'd have to bet popular uprising, a newly emerged charismatic leader and a very long, painful road to recovery. Like decades long. That's if they don't take the inevitable "deal" that IMF and World Bank will graciously step in and offer. We all know the deal there.

It's all about the oil.

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crazzziecanuck froze25 (not verified) Sun, 08/06/2017 - 11:30 Permalink

Actually, the images of barren shelves are as staged as a White Helmet ambulance.  Designed to provoke the West into allowing their governments to side with the corrupt of other nations in order to "save" them.Our own governments can't even do right by their own people, does anyone think they have genuine regard for the poor and suffering of other nations?  F**k no!  But they use the MSM to dupe people into really dumb sh*t that leads to instability or outright blowback.  We can thousands of miles and fix Kosovo or Syria, but we can't bring clean water to the people of Flint.

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a Smudge by an… kw2012 Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:09 Permalink

Ask any leftist and they'll tell you that the lack of goods is due to the "elites hoarding" them. Given as the black market now controls a large portion of goods, this probably looks like the same thing as "elites".

And is the monetary inflation staged? Or somehow the USA's fault? Are we the ones printing Bolivars? Not even Maduro has tried to sell that one.

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crazzziecanuck downwiththebanks (not verified) Sun, 08/06/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

They did the same thing in Egypt to get rid of Morsi.  It was quite amazing that the oil and wheat "shortages" magically disappeared overnight once Morsi was gone.  That's the point to make people miserable under the old regime so that the new regime can solve the problems that they created in the first place.  Often, the World Bank spigots then open to deluge the new regime with money to be squandered immediately but at least brings a tiny bit of improvement in people's lives.  That is, until a Mubutu Sese Seko bleeds the wealth dry and saddles the nation with crippling debt that is then used to rob the people even more.That's why a lot of what we see in the media is staged.  You can't believe much of anything anymore, except that those with power love to abuse other people with it.  Is Maduro trustworthy?  Was Yanukovich?  Probably not, but that doesn't mean those that oppose them are angels, either. Turchinov with his buttbuddy "Yats" were far worse than Yanukovich.  Was Qaddaffi worse than what Libya has now? The media loves to paint enemies of the elites as worse than they are while at the same time always downplay the evilness of those they back.  Need more proof, look at Syria.  Replacing Assad and welcoming a salafist principality is far worse than the status quo.  It's pretty freakin' clear to me that the MSM and the "deep state" are one and the same.  You cannot convince me anymore that there is any daylight between the two because their own actions over the last year are so freakin' obvious.You've got people now who say "we can't do worse than Trump."  Wtf they smokin?  Of course we can.  We can have Pence or HRC in the Oval Office.  Tell me, honestly, could either of those ever be any improvement over Trump?  What I say to people is that if that comment doesn't terrify you, then you're not paying enough attention.

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downwiththebanks (not verified) crazzziecanuck Sun, 08/06/2017 - 16:44 Permalink

Morsi and the MB are wackadoos, too.  The new constitution has some elements of it that were good IN SPITE OF Morsi, but the MB was all-in with taking Assad out, and they were trying to gin up a war with Ethiopia.  The military, who really rules Egypt, said "no mas" and it was over.Once the MB got taken out, ISIS(rael) magically appears in the Sinai.Obama's minions and John McCain were whining and crying when Morsi fell, because he was critical to their Syria plans.

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johngaltfla Sun, 08/06/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

It would appear they did. The Maduro thugocracy just released photos of handcuffed soldiers lying on the floor at the base where the failed uprising began.However, this is just the beginning. Once a general or colonel gets guarantees of overseas support, the effort will start to steamroll and the real fighting will begin. That nation is a powderkeg waiting on a match.

veritas semper… Zwelgje Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

It's radical for israhell ,bc they wiped out their ass in 30  days in 2006. Now,Hezbollah cleaned the border between Syria and Lebanon (from the moderate  AlQaeda supported by jewmerica and treated in hospitals in israhell),and they did it in 5 days.Oy Vey!Immediately,the PM of Lebanon ,Hariri,was summoned to White House by the Sayanim-in-chief and received orders to try to discredit Hezbollah. But the people in Lebanon support them.And it looks like their new president is not in israhell 's pocket.Any questions whose interests The Donald supports?I'm going to leave this video here again:the 85 chosenites who brought the Donald to power(names,faces,and roles).Try to refute this with arguments,not downvotes.

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downwiththebanks (not verified) johngaltfla Sun, 08/06/2017 - 10:49 Permalink

The fascist opposition has had plenty of foreign support, for several decades, as they have FAILED over and over and over and over and over again to launch a coup in Venezuela.The trouble is, the entire country FUCKING HATES THEM!  Not only that, the people of Venezuela aren't retarded like US citizens dependent on fascitarian outfits like ZeroHedge to stovepipe CIA talking points.

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wmbz Sun, 08/06/2017 - 09:50 Permalink

The wacko retard "progressives" in the USofA cesspool wish like hell they could do this here.I am all for sending Bernie and his fat ass thief for a wife down there to take notes.

downwiththebanks (not verified) wmbz Sun, 08/06/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

Bernie Sanders stands with you, and Marco Rubio, and and the fascitarians at ZeroHedge, and (of course) the CIA in cheerleading a fascist coup.Congratulations on finding yourself in such good company.

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downwiththebanks (not verified) dark fiber Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:18 Permalink

I don't have a problem with the people of Venezuela given the chance to amend the constitution.  Everyone hates the whiteboy oligarchy there.  They're known CIA/NED/CFR stooges adn destabilization agents. Ttheir ancestors stole the hemisphere.Your MUD opposition won't stop killing people in the streets, protesting to CNN about toilet paper.  Maduro is old news:  the fascitarians at Zero Hedge have no idea what the Toilet Paper Tempter Tantrum has wrought for their beloved CIA-backed coupsters!

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downwiththebanks (not verified) dark fiber Sun, 08/06/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

Definitionally, the Constitutional Assembly has the charge of rewriting the constitution.  That's the whole point, so if you're lost there, unfortunately you're hopeless...-The Assembly is built into the 1999 constitution--the same one the CIA-backed MUD LOSERS have tried to overthrow, in many ways, for almost 2 decades.  -6100 candidates ran for office, 535 seats.  -To run required a resignation from public office.  -HUGE turnout in favor of revising the constitution.  Why don't you think the people are tired of your whiteboy oligarch burning tires and killing people?  I know you'd prefer to see a government takeover by CIA-backed MUD operatives, but the Constituent Assembly will ensure that doesn't happen! Hopefully with guillotines.

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downwiththebanks (not verified) a Smudge by an… Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

Fuck Soros.  I coined that term, on this page, specifically in reference to the ZeroHedge Venezuela coverage, which gets stovepiped down the fascitarian pipeline from Langley, VA.Months ago.Like you and the rest of Leopoldo Lopez's fan club, Soros stands with the CIA-backed MUD LOSERS against the Constituent Assembly.

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