Maduro Orders Military Combat Readiness to Defeat ‘Imperialist Conspiracies’

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CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said he had instructed the Armed Forces to maintain the highest level of combat readiness to defeat “imperialist conspiracies.”

Maduro asked on Thursday on his Twitter account, the Venezuelan military to be on alert and keep the peace in the country.

“I command all our FANB [Venezuelan Armed Forces], to be vigilant and to maintain maximum deployment, discipline, leadership and preparation, to defeat imperial conspiracies and maintain peace. Venezuela is counting on you!” he said on Twitter.

The Venezuelan leader accused US National Security adviser John Bolton of being one of the main articulators of a conspiracy to try to overthrow him and assassinate him with the help of Colombia.

For Maduro, the drone that attacked him in August during a ceremony had direct orders from the United States and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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On Thursday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza delivered a note of protest to the country’s top diplomat, Jimmy Story, about a supposed coup plot.

On December 12, Maduro reported that in a Colombian municipality a paramilitary training group called the G8 is in training with more than 734 Colombian and Venezuelan mercenaries to simulate attacks by Venezuelan forces and start a violent escalation against Venezuela.

Maduro believes there is an ongoing plan to try to kill him and overthrow the Venezuelan Chavez government and that John Bolton, a former US national security adviser, is one of the main articulators.

Maduro said the drone that attacked him in August during a ceremony had direct orders from the United States and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Maduro accused John Bolton of being the head of the plan to fill Venezuela with violence, attempt his life and seek foreign intervention to form a transitional government.
“Today I come to denounce the plot that the White House is preparing to violate Venezuelan democracy, to assassinate me and to impose a dictatorial government in Venezuela,” he said.

“The US government must cease its campaigns and plans against peace in Venezuela, the world must know that Venezuela is seeking international relations based on respect,” he said.

In early August, Maduro was attending a military parade in Caracas when his speech was interrupted by what Venezuelan officials said was a failed assassination attempt involving an unmanned aircraft.

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