Venezuela’s Guaido says Maduro is in his final phase

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States.

Later, President Nicolas Maduro said he would "not be afraid to fight terrorist groups to put them in jail". We will not tolerate Marrero's imprisonment or the intimidation of the legitimate government of Venezuela.

President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table for Venezuela but has not said under what circumstances he might consider using US military force.

Pence called Maduro a "corrupt dictator" and said those nations are holding Venezuela back in its "steady march towards freedom".

Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol gave a press conference on Thursday afternoon in which he claimed Marrero led a "terrorist cell" that was planning attacks against public institutions using foreign mercenaries. The United States, the European Union, and a grouping of Latin American nations plus Canada all denounced Marrero's arrest and demanded his immediate release. The U.S. has imposed oil sanctions on Venezuela as well as individuals linked to President Nicolas Maduro in an attempt to force him from power.

Shortly after assuming the interim presidency, Guaido offered amnesty to members of the military who took his side.

"We would like to inform the national and global communities that our intelligence services have dismantled ... a terrorist cell that was planning to carry out a series of targeted attacks", Reverol said in a broadcast on state channel Venezolana de Television.

Maduro accused the USA government of withholding $5 billion meant to buy medicine and raw materials used in medical production.


"The illegitimate arrest of Roberto Marrero, Interim President Juan Guaido's aide, will not go unanswered".

Vergara said Thursday's raid, which occurred around 2:00 am (0600 GMT), was carried out by around 15 officers of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, or SEBIN.

Guaido contends that he is the rightful leader of Venezuela and that Maduro's re-election previous year was illegitimate because major opposition figures were not allowed to run.

The decision comes just day after US National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened Venezuela with response to the detention of Roberto Marrero, calling his arrest a "big mistake".

Maduro says his government is the victim of an "economic war" led by his political adversaries, and blames US financial and oil sector sanctions for the country's situation.

It would have been the first time the IDB - whose biggest member country is the U.S. - had held the event in China, which has become a major player in Latin America, pouring more than US$50 billion into Venezuela in oil-for-loans agreements over the past decade. "Unless Maduro's usurpation ends, he and his cronies will be strangled financially".

Under President Trump, the United States will continue to stand with the people of Venezuela as they reclaim their birthright of libertad.


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