Venezuela Official Reports Attack At Military Base, Arrests

Geneva Matthews
August 7, 2017

"We continue with more conviction and strength for peace and freedom in Venezuela!".

The socialist president of venezuela, Nicolas Maduro was a major blow to his opponents: just installed, the Constituent that he has endowed it with unlimited powers, has sacked an opponent of the toughest, the attorney general Luisa Ortega, the risk to aggravate further the tensions with the global community.

He was first arrested in 2014 and released to home detention last month, Al Jazeera reported.

Lopez was released from prison July 8 and placed under house arrest after serving three years of a 13-year sentence on charges of inciting violence at opposition rallies. Following their arrests the Venezuelan Supreme Court alleged that they had been planning to flee, either into hiding in Venezuela or overseas.

In the latest twist in the slow-motion crisis, Venezuela's chief prosecutor was sacked on Saturday and ordered to stand trial, less than 24 hours after a newly elected legislative superbody was installed with sweeping powers to strengthen President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

Two days after the vote, Venezuelan security agents arrested two main opposition leaders in midnight raids, making good on Maduro's vow to crack down on dissent.

Some saw his return home as a sign Venezuelan officials may be rethinking the crackdown, even as the new, all-powerful constitutional assembly ousted the defiant chief prosecutor.

"The government is trying to hide proof of Oderbrecht, proof of corruption and the violation of human rights", Ortega told reporters before leaving on the back of on a motorcycle.

It took less than 24 hours from the assembly's inauguration for her offices to be cordoned off.

In a unanimous vote, Venezuela's newly installed constitutional assembly fired Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz during its first official session on Saturday. It can rewrite the constitution, re-arrange state institutions and allow Maduro to rule by decree. Meanwhile, the United States government targeted several senior Venezuelan officials with economic sanctions that President Maduro called "illegal, insolent and unprecedented".

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Delcy Rodriguez, who was sworn in as the ANC President, promised to represent the Venezuelan people and their demands in the new legislative chamber, Xinhua news agency reports.

"We are saying: Stop with this!"

Amid a collapsing economy and food shortages, anti-Maduro protests have been a near constant in Venezuela since April.

It happened in Valencia in Carabobo state in the country's north-west.

The measures adopted expand on previous sanctions against Venezuela, which had been temporarily suspended from the bloc in December.

Venezuela's ANC has received support from many corners of the world, including the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, the Council of Electoral Specialists of Latin America, and the Network of Communicators of Mercosur, just to name a few.

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