CARACAS, Venezuela – A group of 27 rebel soldiers rehearsed a riot against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Monday. The uprising, however, was quickly restrained after the rebels posted a video on the internet asking for support.
“We are the professional National Guard troops against the regime, which we completely repudiate. I need your help, go on the streets,” said a man who identified himself as group sergeant in a video posted on social networks.
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López issued a statement shortly after saying the soldiers were arrested.
Before they attacked a National Guard command center in northern Caracas, where they were captured, they attacked two other security posts, taking four prisoners and fleeing with “weapons of war,” according to the statement.
“During the arrest, stolen weapons have been recovered and [the mutineers] are providing useful information to the intelligence services and the military justice system,” Padrino said, adding that the rebels “will face the full force of the law.”
Maduro’s right-hand man and head of the Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said 25 soldiers were arrested and two others were detained elsewhere.
The Supreme Court, which is dominated by supporters of the government, later targeted the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition to Maduro. The Supreme Court said that the organ is illegitimate and its decisions are invalid.
Last week, the National Assembly said Maduro was a “usurper” of power and offered amnesty to members of the military and government if they broke with the president.
“They are already confessing details and the first thing they said was that they received offers of houses and castles but were left alone, they were deceived, we will win,” added Cabello about the rebels without specifying who allegedly made the offer.
The military fired tear gas to disperse protesters who gathered outside the command post where soldiers were detained. Protesters beat pots and blocked streets.
“If they join our country, we are with them, we will stay in the streets,” shouted a woman. “We want Maduro to leave, we’re tired,” added one man.
The US, along with their Colombian and Brazilian puppets, have desperately tried to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela that began with Hugo Chavez. However, all efforts have only failed.
The rebel group invaded the command center at 5 am local time.
“Venezuela is here united to reestablish the constitutional link, you wanted that, so do we, enough!” said one official, through a video posted on Twitter, that identified himself as Major Sergeant Figueroa.
— VVperiodistas (@VVSinMiedo) January 21, 2019