A group of Venezuelan soldiers seized part of a Caracas neighborhood in support of a right-wing coup, the countrys vice president said after the oppositions self-proclaimed interim president declared a military uprising.
Vice President Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that “a small group of traitor troops” have positioned themselves in the Altamira neighborhood “to promote a coup” against the government. He said the government was acting to counter them and called on people to stay vigilant in the face of this new development.
Earlier Juan Guaido, the US-backed opposition leader who declared himself the legitimate head of Venezuela, called for a military uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. Speaking in a three-minute video, which showed him against the backdrop of several people in military uniforms, Guaido said the time has come for decisive action.
Altamira neighborhood is located not far from the La Carlota Air Base, close to where Guaido apparently shot the video.
Meanwhile Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the military remained loyal to the Maduro government and rejected Guaidos claim that the army was on his side.
Guaido, a previously little-known opposition leader in Venezuela, declared himself the countrys interim president in January, claiming that President Maduro had usurped power and was no longer legitimate. His claim for the presidency was quickly recognized by the US and its regional allies.>Read More – Source