Venezuela's Maduro urges military unity after failed coup by opposition

Friday, 2019-05-03 12:12:05
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This handout picture released by Miraflores Palace press office shows Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (C) waving military troops accompanied by Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino (L) at the "Fuerte Tiuna" in Caracas, Venezuela on May 2, 2019. (Photo: HO/JHONN ZERPA/AFP)
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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro led a "march for military loyalty" in Caracas on May 2, calling on the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) to remain united.

"We are making new history and the FANB must appear before the people united and cohesive, increasingly united, increasingly cohesive, increasingly disciplined, more subordinate to the constitutional leadership," said Maduro.

Speaking at Venezuela's national military academy in a televised national address, Maduro hailed the value of loyalty "in our fight against imperialism, against traitors and coup mongers."

The event aimed to recognize the role of the military in thwarting Tuesday's attempted "coup" by the opposition leaders.

On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who had proclaimed himself as Venezuela's interim president, reportedly called on the Venezuelan people and military to take to the streets to overthrow Maduro.