Venezuela's Maduro thanks military for defeating 'coup'
March 11, 2019 5:12 am
Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has praised the armed forces for staying loyal to him and defeating a “coup” led by the US and opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
During a rally, Mr Maduro also blamed Venezuela’s widespread power cuts on “cyber attacks” by the opposition.
His remarks came during a day of protests in the country by pro-government and opposition groups.
In the capital Caracas, some supporters of Mr Guaidó scuffled with police.
Mr Maduro has retained the support of the military and close allies including Russia and China since Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president on 23 January.
Speaking outside the Miraflores presidential palace, Mr Maduro referred to Mr Guaidó as “a clown and a puppet” of the US.
“They invited the armed forces to carry out a military coup and their reply was clear – they have defeated the coup plotters,” he said.