WORLD Venezuela's Maduro urges world not to support 'coup opposition'

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Venezuela's Maduro urges world not to support 'coup opposition'

Xinhua

16:37, May 01, 2019

CARACAS, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday called on other countries "which continue to support the coup opposition" to rectify their positions.

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Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gesture during a rally in the surroundings of Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on April 30, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

"I want to make a call to those governments that are supporting the coup opposition. Open your eyes. We are just showing part of the evidence of a coup that was intended," said Maduro in a televised address to his nation.

Accompanied by military leaders and other senior officials, the Venezuelan president rejected US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claim that Maduro, after the violent events, had a plane ready to flee to Cuba.

Maduro also said US National Security Adviser John Bolton had "given orders to high authorities and civilians to join the coup d'etat."

The Venezuelan president thanked "the pronouncements of solidarity, of support for the Constitution, for democracy, for the Bolivarian Government" by leaders, governments and social movements around the world.

Earlier Tuesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido urged Venezuela's public and military to take to the streets and help depose President Nicolas Maduro and his government. He also released video footage of himself accompanied by a group of soldiers near the La Carlota military base.

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said security forces had defeated the attempted coup.

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