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Venezuelan Defense minister denies any coup, 'self-coup' or civilian-military junta

Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 08:01 UTC
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The Venezuelan government sought Monday to downplay security fears around the country's upcoming legislative elections, rejecting the possibility of violence or a coup. With polls showing President Nicolas Maduro's populist movement on track for a landmark defeat by the opposition in Sunday's vote, speculation and rumors have swirled about possible violence or moves by the ruling party to cling to power. Read full article


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  • Troy Tempest

    “Ruling party officials ... say Diaz was killed as part of a dispute between gangs.”

    They've investigated already?
    Well, that's a relief!

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 08:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Who wants to overthrow the legitimately elected president are the 5 eyes. Only. Just as they did in Ukraine. 5 eyes is what the world has latest in terms of Nazi-fascism.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 09:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    ”The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), Venezuela's harried and fractious opposition coalition, has a large lead over Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) heading into the polls”

    That's good to hear.

    With a clear majority, I'm sure the outgoing caretaker of the country will do his usual best, to assist his ideological successor.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Maduro is still president, Brasileiro.

    Stop lying.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 10:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    Brasshole you are not worth responding to your posts.
    Part of the 5 eyes are Australia and NZ and they have nothing to do with Madburo.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 10:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    @5 ET
    For us you all are the same. And part of the same cancer!

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 11:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The bloke in the picture has more badges than a boy scout at a jamboree.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 11:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    “Padrino announced the deployment of 163,000 soldiers to provide security on election day,...”ya right, security. More like compliance.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 11:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    7 Clyde15 (#)

    He gets a medal every time one of their aircraft manages to take off.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 12:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    What a glowing example of democracy......a country that must deploy the military for elections! A democracy where the opposition is either jailed or ends up dead. I wonder how many voters will be slain on election day trying to exercise the most basic of rights in a democracy at the hands of the VDC (Venezuelan drug cartel), aka the Venezuelan Army.

    Brasole, someone needs to inform you, regardless of what your handlers are telling you, that's not light, warm rain falling on your ear. Escuchen usted pendejo. Man what an idiot, tobi.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 03:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @2 Asshole from Brazil, a.k.a. BRasshole (with shit for brains)
    You ever heard of free elections ? if Maduro's candidates lose the election on Sunday, it'll be due to the democratic exercise of freedom and respect for the Law, something you don't believe in, you dirty fucking petista 'n filthy communist piece of shit.

    While we're on the subject of cancer, seems that Lula's is developing nicely in the region of his toad throat....shouldn't be long now !!

    @10 Captain
    The reason the Military will be deployed in such large numbers, is to ensure that every voter will have the “right” to be accompanied to the voting booth with a soldier...if he votes against Maduro, he'll be shot on the spot, for subversion.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Demantoid Garnet

    I can't help it. It just seems so bizarre to me... Having some high ranking military-related official make the statement, as shown in the caption below the defense minister. The “speculation and rumors” must be very common concerning the possibility of coup, etc.

    We shouldn't have to wait much longer. I guess I'll hide and watch.

    Best wishes to all.

    Dec 01st, 2015 - 09:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    It is the C21st yet the Military has to pre-empt/deny that there will be a Coup!

    Venezuela has gone backwards in time.

    Where are all the $billions earned during the Oil Boom?

    I think we should be told.

    Dec 02nd, 2015 - 12:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Semper Fidelis

    New York - NY / U.S.A
    December 3rd, 2015

    Venezuela's under an organized crime already installed and currently led by a socialist pile of stink diarrhea, commonly recognized as Maduro Skunk.

    Needless to say, under either system, the inequalities of income and standard of living are greater than anything possible under a free economy, and a man’s position is determined, not by his productive ability and achievement, but certainly by political pull and force.

    In resume, communism and socialism have by all means acquired their own best sibling well known in today's world as fascism.

    Dec 04th, 2015 - 04:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Demantoid Garnet

    Is it a coincidence that Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino is pointing at the place (see photo) where Maduro might be shot?

    As the expression goes, “Coincidence or psychic phenomena, you decide”.

    Best wishes to everyone...

    Dec 05th, 2015 - 01:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    14 Simp

    Your English seems to have improved remarkably.

    What did you say about puppets?
    Could it be you were dissembling?

    Don't say anything more, I know the answer.

    Dec 05th, 2015 - 05:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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