Venezuela's Maduro Vows Crackdown On Protest Violence


Venezuela's Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

CARACAS, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -31st Augst,2016) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro vowed Tuesday to jail opposition leaders if they incite violence during upcoming protests seeking a referendum on removing him from power. Maduro, blamed by opponents for a devastating economic crisis, accused opposition leaders of plotting a "terrorist coup" against him before Thursday's nationwide protests. "We must defeat the coup d'etat without impunity," he told supporters at a rally in Caracas billed as an early counter-demonstration. "Whoever gets involved in a coup plot, or calls for violence, is going to jail, sir.

Shriek, weep or scream, but you're going to jail." Maduro accused the United States of plotting against leftist governments in Latin America. "The threat is coming directly from American imperialism," he said. One opposition figure, Yon Goicoechea, was arrested on charges of possessing explosives which he allegedly planned to detonate at the upcoming protests. Opposition lawmaker Tomas Guanipa said the authorities had planted evidence against him.