A military coup attempt has reportedly taken place in Venezuela.
A video has appeared online showing a group of men in military uniform saying they were launching an uprising against President Nicolas Maduro to restore “democracy” in the country.
A man identifying himself as Captain Juan Caguaripano said any unit refusing to rebel against the government would be declared a military target.
“We demand the immediate formation of a transition government,” he said. “This is not a coup d’etat… This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order.”
The rebellion reportedly took place near the city of Valencia. Rebels attacked the Paramacay military base and witnesses reported a firefight in the area.
However, authorities said that they repelled the attack and several arrests were made.
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According to pro-government sources, the rebellion fully failed and arrests of anti-government elements are now ongoing across the country.