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Jailed Venezuela opposition figure returned home

Jailed Venezuela opposition figure returned home

The announcement came after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring themselves in rebellion against President Nicolás Maduro in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located. "It is not possible to inflict such torture to the people", Aloysio Ferreira, Brazil's foreign minister, told the South American countries at an emergency meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Authorities in Venezuela have announced they thwarted a "terrorist attack" on a military base not far from the capital, Caracas. "If they're doing this to the chief prosecutor, imagine the helpless state all Venezuelans live in".

Authorities said the men were mercenaries working for a US -backed opposition to bring down almost two decades of Socialism in oil-rich Venezuela, raising the specter of a further government crackdown on dissent in coming days.

Functionaries of the ruling Socialist party called the incident a terrorist attack.

Of the 32 cabinet posts in the Maduro government, 12 are held by military men, 10 of them active-duty and two retired.

"This is not a coup d'etat", added Caguaripano, who was removed from the National Guard in 2014, according to a document seen by Reuters.

"This action was carried out by a group of civilian criminals wearing military uniform and by a defect leutenant", Lopez said in the statement.

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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 United States and Latin American nations.

Six weeks ago a rogue policemen attacked key installations in Caracas by helicopter, failing to spark a larger movement.

Oil-rich but economically ailing Venezuela has a long history of instability.

Appointed in 2007 by president Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), Ms. Ortega was the main figure of institutional to dare to challenge publicly his successor.

Meanwhile, the USA government targeted several senior Venezuelan officials with economic sanctions that President Maduro called "illegal, insolent and unprecedented".

Discontent is higher among lower-tier officials, who are often sent to control rowdy protests and are paid just a few dozen USA dollars a month. Seven people were detained, while security forces continue to search for more attackers from the group.

On Friday, a controversial new legislative body was inaugurated in Venezuela, tasked with rewriting the constitution and empowered to dissolve the current parliament. The leadership notably excludes Socialist Party No. 2 Diosdado Cabello, a long-time rival for power to Maduro, who himself put Rodriguez's name forward.