Venezuela says it has put down uprising at army base

Venezuela says it has put down uprising at army base

Venezuela says it has put down uprising at army base

But with last week's vote to create a constituent assembly, which critics labeled a sham governing body to consolidate Maduro's power, the crisis has been escalating.

The military denounced a "paramilitary attack" and said seven men who had been detained were "giving up information".

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

On Twitter, Diosdado Cabello, the number two in the ruling socialist party labelled the incident a "terrorist attack" and tweeted that the situation was under control.

Padrino is a sort of "superminister", to whom other cabinet members must report, Maduro said previous year.

Citing Control Ciudadano, our correspondent said: "What's unusual about this man who speaks in the video, who says he's a captain in the army, is that he was wanted by the government in 2014, also for trying to organise some sort of insurrection".

Borges said the Venezuelan military "is a mirror of a country that wants change".

The announcement came after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring an uprising in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located.

"This is not a coup d'etat", he said.

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His toll revised a previous count by army chief General Jesus Suarez Chourio who said one died and one was gravely wounded in the attack on the base in the northwestern city of Valencia, which the military said was quickly put down.

Late Saturday, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned to house arrest after being taken into custody in the middle of the night Tuesday.

According to the government, more than eight million Venezuelans participated in Sunday's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) vote, or 41% of the Venezuelans able to vote.

The first full work session for Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will begin on Saturday a day after it held its first session at the Federal Legislative Palace here.

Maduro in turn has granted it vast powers, not just in military matters but over key government ministries - active or retired officers head 12 of 32 ministerial posts - and in vital economic sectors including petroleum.

Opposition leaders have sharply criticised what they call the "politicisation" of the military under Maduro and his predecessor.

Street protests since April in the South American nation have left more than 120 people dead as rock-throwing protesters have been met by rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas.

Addressing this issue, Rodriguez said if the opposition "does not follow a democratic path, justice will be imposed, the ANC is also here to see justice done".

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