Maduro: Coup organizers planned to assassinate dozens of people

Maduro: Coup organizers planned to assassinate dozens of people
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  • calendar-gray 27 June 2019

Organizers of a coup that was thwarted by the Venezuelan authorities planned to assassinate dozens of military and members of "colectivos" militias, President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.

"One of them [coup organizers] said that they will kill 30,40 or 60 members of 'colectivos'," Maduro said in a speech broadcast on Periscope.

Coup organizers also planned to assassinate all military who "stood in their way" and tried to prevent them from seizing a military base.

"We are looking for them [coup organizers] and catching them one by one. Today we have got one of the leaders, a retired general," Maduro said.

Venezuelan Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez earlier said that the Venezuelan authorities have thwarted a coup attempt. Conspirators planned to stage a coup on June 23-24 and assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Rodriguez said that several organizers were detained and confessed to planning a coup.

Faiq Mahmudov

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