Bolton Says 'No US Government Involvement' in Maduro Assassination Attempt

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Patricia Andrade, executive director of the human rights organization Venezuela Awareness Foundation, said Maduro's government takes advantage of any excuse to stop the opposition and dig in its heels.

Venezuelan officials say drones armed with explosives detonated while Maduro was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television.

The government has also pointed the finger at the opposition, prompting fears of a new crackdown.

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Those worries came as Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez voiced the military's "unconditional and unrestricted loyalty to our commander in chief".

Saying Venezuela is in the midst of a "civil war", Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab said more details on the assassination attempt would be revealed.

QUESTIONS were asked yesterday about an apparent drone attack on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, which he claimed was an assassination attempt. Several drones loaded with explosives were reportedly flown toward where Maduro was giving a speech to military forces on Saturday.

Footage showed uniformed soldiers, one of whom was injured scattering, while bodyguards led Mr Maduro away from the stage behind bullet-proof barriers. The broadcast was quickly cut. "But in the meantime, I think what we really should focus on is the corruption and oppression in the Maduro regime in Venezuela".

Colombia's Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected the accusations and called them "absurd".




The self-described "son" of Chavez, Maduro says he is battling an "imperialist" plot to destroy socialism and take over Venezuela´s oil.

"I hope the Trump administration is willing to fight terrorist groups that commit attacks in peaceful countries in our continent, in this case Venezuela".

Trump's adviser, John Bolton, says he can state "unequivocally" that "there was no US government involvement in this at all".

Late on Saturday, an anonymous group known as "Flannel Soldiers" claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, but the claim could not be substantiated.

"We can not tolerate that the population is suffering from hunger, that the sick do not have medicine, that the currency has no value, or that the education system neither educates nor teaches, only indoctrinating communism", said the statement, accusing the regime of having "made public office an obscene way to get rich".

But three local authorities said a gas tank exploded in a nearby flat, where smoke was seen streaming out of a window.

Elsewhere, Maduro's allies Cuba and Bolivia condemned the incident. Another was arrested in 2014 in connection with a series of nationwide protests against the Maduro government that convulsed the country for several weeks.

Maduro, a 55-year-old former bus driver, has remained in power despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis, thanks in large part to unwavering support from the military.

The parade Maduro attended was to mark the one-year anniversary of the Constitutional Assembly, a legislative body packed with Maduro loyalists that arrogated powers from the opposition-ruled National Assembly. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

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