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Venezuela: President Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

Venezuela: President Maduro claims victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt

Venezuelan people made the right choice, said President Maduro in his televised address to the nation, Guardian reported. The legitimate president claimed victory over ‘deranged’ coup attempt, initiated by Washington.

Nicolas Maduro ‘s an hour-long TV-address on Tuesday night included the proclamation of the victory over his Washington-backed Juan Guaido. According to the president, “loyal and obedient” members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian armed forces had put down the mutiny within hours of it starting shortly after 4 AM. For all who supported Mr Guaido and thought that Mr Maduro no longer had military backing, that was a surprise.

Talking about the uprising, president Maduro accused Juan Guaidó and his political advisor Leopoldo López of seeking to spark an armed confrontation that might be used as a pretext for foreign military intervention. Both Guaido and Lopez did a lot for getting an opportunity for the United States to interfere with Venezuelan domestic policy.

On Wednesday noon, there only remained a small group of plotters who had chosen “the path of betrayal … [and] handed their souls over to the coup-mongering far right”, according to local media.

Despite the accusations of Maduro, Guaido insisted that was “a peaceful rebellion”, not an attempted military coup, was underway and urged supporters to return to the streets on Wednesday to continue the final stage of “Operation Freedom”, with the largest march in the country’s history. In his turn, president Maduro also called for his supporters to stage “a large, millions-strong march of the working class” to mark the 1st May, the International Labour Day.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Maduro promised that the plotters whose plan is failed would face criminal prosecutions “for the serious crimes that have been committed against the constitution, the rule of law and the right to peace”.

“They failed in their call, because the people of Venezuela want peace,” Maduro said. “We will continue to emerge victorious … in the months and years ahead. I have no doubt about it.”