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Venezuelan army on high alert over US threats

NICOLAS MADURO has placed the Venezuelan army on high alert to protect the country from “unconventional warfare tactics” by the United States, which is believed to be plotting attacks on public services.

In an address broadcast on state television President Maduro warned of a “serious situation” in Venezuela, which has been hit by a series of electricity shortages that he says are a result of sabotage by opposition groups.

Measures have been taken to deal with the blackouts, including the rationing of electricity, while the government has appealed to the United Nations to stop US acts of “terrorism” against the people of Venezuela.

“Venezuela is demonstrating to the world that it is a testing ground for new cybernetic, electromagnetic war weapons and a new war strategy, which is not the direct invasion or bombing by missiles, but the bombing of vital public services,” Mr Maduro said yesterday.

The country has faced an attempted coup fronted by the US-backed usurper Juan Guaido, president of the defunct National Assembly.

Mr Guaido’s campaign to replace Mr Maduro appears to be flagging and, despite backing from Washington, the EU and right-wing Latin American regimes, has failed to win support from the Venezuelan people or the armed forces.

Mr Maduro warned that the latest unconventional plans are an attempt to destabilise the situation in Venezuela to provoke internal clashes. He claimed there were “criminal plans” being developed including an assassination plot and plans by opposition forces to “attack military units.”

Venezuela’s intelligence services are on high alert and 51,000 popular civil defence units with 2.1 million volunteers are on standby to help the armed forces with any threats.

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