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Venezuela: Maduro rallies Venezuela's armed forces in El Pao02:19

Venezuela: Maduro rallies Venezuela's armed forces in El Pao

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, El Pao
May 4, 2019 at 20:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared on national television on Saturday, as he rallied the country’s armed forces in El Pao and called on them to defend Venezuela against the "Yankee Empire."

"The 'Yankee Empire' or the Venezuela of Chavez? There lies the centre of this historical era’s main contradiction," Maduro said.

He then asked the armed forces to 'be prepared and ready to defend the country with weapons in hand, if one day the American empire dares to touch this land."

He then asked younger cadets to study the US policy of the "Monroe Doctrine" and accused them of wanting "to use the Monroe Doctrine to recolonise Latin America and the Caribbean."

"They have set their eye on Venezuela’s riches. And they have launched an unconventional war to weaken the homeland. And they have launched a conspiracy plan, using a lot of money in order to weaken, divide, and destroy the Bolivarian National Armed Forces from within, with a group of traitors, coup plotters, coup traitors," he concluded.

Venezuela has been in a political crisis since January 23, when Guaido declared himself interim president in a move now recognised by over 50 countries including the United States.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appeared on national television on Saturday, as he rallied the country’s armed forces in El Pao and called on them to defend Venezuela against the "Yankee Empire."

"The 'Yankee Empire' or the Venezuela of Chavez? There lies the centre of this historical era’s main contradiction," Maduro said.

He then asked the armed forces to 'be prepared and ready to defend the country with weapons in hand, if one day the American empire dares to touch this land."

He then asked younger cadets to study the US policy of the "Monroe Doctrine" and accused them of wanting "to use the Monroe Doctrine to recolonise Latin America and the Caribbean."

"They have set their eye on Venezuela’s riches. And they have launched an unconventional war to weaken the homeland. And they have launched a conspiracy plan, using a lot of money in order to weaken, divide, and destroy the Bolivarian National Armed Forces from within, with a group of traitors, coup plotters, coup traitors," he concluded.

Venezuela has been in a political crisis since January 23, when Guaido declared himself interim president in a move now recognised by over 50 countries including the United States.