Venezuelans Gather at Presidential Palace to Reject Today’s Coup Attempt

Juan Guaido, the opposition lawmaker who illegally self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, Tuesday morning made a call on social media asking the military and people to begin an uprising against the legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Main government officials have rejected the attempted coup and called on the country’s population to do the same and march towards the Miraflores presidential palace to protect the country from the far-right, U.S.-backed coup.

Thousands of citizens have accepted the call and marched Tuesday to the palace to attend a rally led by the head of the National Consistent Assembly Diosdado.

UPDATE: 12:00 am

Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino gave a press conference to narrate how today’s attempted coup in Venezuela had occurred.

“This is a cowardly, terrorist act and an attempted coup d’état of a very small magnitude,” he said and stressed that Guaido’s far-right forces “have tricked a group of men with hijacked vehicles of our national guard to commit a terrorist act.”

Minister Padrino also mentioned that the Bolivarian militia reacted inmediately to the coup attempt and “their commanders put themselves at the head of their troops to reject a cowardly act.”

UPDATE: 11:50 am

The Zambia’s Socialist Party condemned the coup attempt against the Bolivarian Revolution and reaffirmed its support to President Maduro’s redistributive policies.

“Having failed over the years to kill the leadership and destroy the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution, the U.S. is now desperately turning to rogues in the army to do their dirty job.  As it is to be expected, the greatest majority of the troops and all commanders are loyal to the people, the Constitution and their homeland. Commandant Nicolas Maduro is the undisputed constitutional President of Venezuela.”

The African party also pointed the real reasons which are behind the so-called “Operation Liberty”, namely, the Imperial desire to plunder Venezuelan natural resources.

“The U.S. and European imperialist powers, plus their representatives in Venezuela, have plundered that country for centuries. The Bolivarian Revolution reversed that plunder and redistributed the wealth to its people. This is against the logic of capitalist plunder. This is the reason why today a coup is underway – to deny the Venezuelan masses their regained sovereignty and dignity.”

UPDATE: 11: 30 am

During an interview with RT, the Bolivarian Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that “the U.S. has been behind all the coup attempts in Venezuela since 2001.” This time, however, the U.S. is not “behind” but rather “in front of” the attempted coup.

“It has been demonstrated that the craft of this coup is from the U.S. and that it is they who are financing and promoting the coup”, he said and explained that, speaking more accurately, the new coup attempt began on January 23, when the opposition congressman Juan Guaido self-proclaimed Venezuela’s “interim president” and the U.S. government supported such claim.

UPDATE: 11:23 am

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrad presented through twitter his country’s stand regarding the coup d’etat which opposition Juan Guaido tried to perform this Tuesday morning.

“The Mexican government is following closely the Venezuelan ongoing situation and is concerned about a possible escalation in violence. Mexico reiterates its commitment to find a peaceful solution to the crisis… Through the Foreign Affairs Ministry, consultations are being held with the other sixteen Montevideo Mechanism countries in order to find a common route.”

UPDATE 11:20 am

teleSUR’s correspondents spoke to the Chavistas gathering at the Miraflores palace in support of President Maduro and in rejection of the coup.

UPDATE: 11:15 am

Jose Arnelas, the Chief of the Operational Strategic Command (CEOFAN), which is the highest command organ of the National Armed Forces, confirmed his support of the constitutional government and the Chavista revolutionary legacy.

“As a soldier of this country who remains attached to my supreme commander Hugo Chavez’ legacy, I reaffirm my absolute loyalty to my Chief commander Nicolas Maduro. Today, more than ever, we, the National Bolivarian Armed Forces will defeat those who seek to break the Republic’s peace. Overcome.”

UPDATE: 11:00 am

Venezuela’s President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Diosdado Cabello joined the Bolivarian people who were supporting President Nicolas Maduro outside the ANC building.

“We are a conscious, warrior and revolutionary people. Imperialism can understand it however it wants, but to the Palace of Miraflores they will never return,” he said.

UPDATE: 10:55 am

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s tweet by showing that he is assuming a “leadership role of the coup attempt. In the name of God, he calls for violence, destruction and death. Is that being a good Christian? The People of Venezuela and their Bolivarian Armed Forces are a guarantee of peace and respect for the Constitution.”

UPDATE: 10:50 am

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) countries strongly rejected attempts to violate the constitutional order in Venezuela and pointed out that the events are “clearly a coup attempt sponsored and prompted by the Venezuelan far-right radical forces acting in complicity with the historical enemies of Latin American countries’ independence and sovereignty.”

The ALBA countries called on the Latin American peoples to defend their independence and sovereignty.

UPDATE: 10:40 am

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s claims supporting “Operation Freedom,” which is the code name used to disguising the U.S. backed military action in the Latin American country.

“The puppet chosen by the empire and its ally governments only serve to ridiculously be the image in beauty covers but with its devilish face! The brave people of Bolívar and Chávez are with the constitutional Venezuelan President @NicolasMaduro we will overcome!”

Vice President Rodriguez also pointed out “in a shameless and immoral way, the U.S. government recognizes its authorship in this criminal coup attempt against Venezuela! They’re showing the world their desire to destroy our Homeland! The Venezuelan people will continue defeating the imperial aggressions in peace! ”

UPDATE: 10:15 am

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro informed the people that the leaders of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela remain loyal to the revolutionary process.

“Nerves of steel! I have spoken with the Commanders of all the country’s regions and zones of comprehensive military defense. They have manifested their full loyalty to the people, the Constitution and the Homeland. I summon the people’s supreme mobilization to ensure the victory of peace. We will win!” he twitted.

UPDATE: 10:05 am

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro called a ministerial emergency meeting to analyze the Venezuelan situation, according to Vice President Hamilton Mourao.

Regarding the coup attempt by opposition congressman Guaido, the Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said he “expects the Venezuelan military to be part of the democratic transition process… we have to see the dimension of this. Brazil supports the democratic transition process.”

UPDATE: 10: 00 am

teleSUR’s correspondent in Venezuela delivers an update on what happens on Caracas streets. Venezuelan Mayor General denies takeover of La Carlota Air Base.

UPDATE: 9:55 am

Peru’s Foreign Minister reported that President Martin Vizcarra administration supports the Guaido-led coup attempt in Venezuela and is calling an emergency meeting of The Lima Group.

“We fully support interim president Juan Guaido in his struggle to recover democracy in Venezuela. The Maduro’s usurping, dictatorial regime must come to an end … Peru and the Lima Group are closely following the situation in Venezuela with a view to summon an emergency meeting.”

UPDATE: 9:44 am

Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera supports the coup attempt which is led by opposition congressman Juan Guaido.

“We reiterate our full support for President Guaido and democracy in Venezuela. The Maduro dictatorship must end with the Venezuelan people’s peaceful force and within the constitutional frame. This will restore liberties, democracy, human rights and progress in Venezuela.”

UPDATE 9:35 am

Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Luis Almagro welcomed the “military’s adhesion” to the coup attempt in Venezuela, led by Juan Guaido.

“We welcome the adhesion of the military to the Constitution and the President in charge of Venezuela Juan Guaido. It is necessary to fully support the process of democratic transition in a peaceful way, “Almagro said.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza delivered a response to Almagro:

UPDATE 9:18 AM

The United States government has come out in support of the coup in Venezuela.

UPDATE 9:05 AM

The Mexican government has issued a statement saying it was worried about the escalation of Violence in Venezuela and a possibility of bloodshed. It also called for resuming peace dialogue efforts that were agreed on in Montevideo.

UPDATE 8:00 AM

Bolivian President Evo Morales and Cuban President Diaz-Canel issued statements rejecting the military coup attempt in Venezuela.

UPDATE 7:30 am

Country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino rejected the coup attempt and said that the country’s legitimate military forces would respond to any attempt to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro.

“We reject this coup movement that aims to fill the country with violence. The pseudo-political leaders who have placed themselves at the forefront of this subversive movement have used troops and police with weapons of war on a public road in the city to create anxiety and terror.”

UPDATE 7:15 am 

Following Guaido’s plea, the Venezuelan Vice President of Communications, Jorge Rodriguez, tweeted that the military is confronting a group of traitors seeking to promote a coup d’Etat.

“We inform to Venezuelan people that we are currently confronting and deactivating a small group of traitors in our military personnel who positioned themselves in the Altamira Distributor to promote a Coup d’Etat against the Constitution and the peace of the Republic.”

UPDATE 7:05 am

President of the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, Diosdado Cabello, denied the capture of the Carlota Air Base, after a small group of soldiers appeared to be supporting the Guaido coup

“No military installation has been violated in the country, they are on the street in the Altamira Distributor and we are directing operations from the Carlota Air Base,” he explained. Likewise, the national government has called on the Venezuelan people to move to Miraflores to reject the coup attempt.

UPDATE: 8:45 am

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected the statements of the OAS Secretary-General Luis Almagro, whom he accused of sponsoring and promoting the coup d’état against President Nicolas Maduro.

“The OAS Hitman-General sponsors and promotes coup attempt in Venezuela. The OAS has always opted for violence and coups, ignoring and violating the fundamental principles of International Law and the OAS Charter” said Arreaza, after Almagro backed the uprising attempt which has been undertaken by the opposition deputy Juan Guaido.

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Soldiers Fooled into Coup d’Etat in Venezuela

The president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, revealed the deception perpetrated against part of the troops of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), used by sectors of the Venezuelan opposition to promote a coup attempt on Tuesday.

“A group of sergeants of the National Guard, some officers and even Sebin officials (…) took them to the site with the argument that it was something else,” said Cabello.

The Venezuelan leader stressed the need for “everyone to assume their responsibility, the responsibility that there is only one President named Nicolás Maduro Moros, elected by the Venezuelan people, only one Commander in Chief.

This was narrated by a military official who recounted the deception to which the security forces were subjected.

“This is another sabotage of the right-wing coup that wants us to oppose ourselves,” said the soldier.

Likewise, in his address, Cabello assured that the authorities have been deployed in Caracas and condemned the actions of officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), and also denied the seizure of La Carlota Air Base, a rumor that had previously circulated.

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