[Global Times correspondent Meiwa in Venezuela] Military mutiny broke out in Venezuela in the early morning of 21 local time. Despite the arrest of 27 rebels on the same day, public protests broke out in three neighbourhoods of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, affected by the incident and recent domestic tensions. The opposition is also scheduled to hold a nationwide protest on the 23rd, and supporters of the ruling party are planning to hold a march to express their support for President Maduro.
Venezuelas Constitutional Assembly President and First Vice-Chairman of the ruling Unified Socialist Party, Cavillo, delivered a televised speech at noon that day, claiming that 27 members of the National Guard who had launched the rebellion had been arrested, those who have been arrested and should be arrested will be punished by law. Nevertheless, Venezuelas Vivoplay website published a message that a total of 40 soldiers in Venezuela were arrested in connection with the rebellion. Subsequently, the Ministry of National Defence of the CPC Central Committee issued a briefing on the case, saying that at about 2:50 on the 21st, a small group of National Guard soldiers belonging to the 43 security area of the capital launched a rebellion, drove two military vehicles to attack and occupy a military stronghold, stole a large number of arms, and kidnapped two civil servants and two soldiers with the threat of death. Subsequently, rebels exchanged fire at another military base with the arriving Quick Response Force and police, were routed up and arrested, and the Government recovered the looted arms.
Resident protests erupted in Caracas just after the rebellion subsided. Videos and photos released by the National Daily and the Spanish newspaper El Pais showed that the protestors wore masks, built roadblocks with stones and tyres, and others pounded on pots to express their dissatisfaction with the government. Some of the protestors said their neighbourhood had been without running water for a year, and Venezuela urgently needed to change. Police fired at the scene of the protest and used tear gas to control the situation.
Maduros second term of office, which began on October 10, faces enormous economic and political challenges. The opposition-controlled National Assembly of the CPC does not recognize Maduros term of office as legitimate. The recent announcement of a series of political propositions by Speaker Guaido has led to a growing political antagonism within the CPC. Guaido called on the public to take to the streets on the 23rd to resist Maduros illegal regime. In response to opposition protests, supporters of the ruling party will also march in the streets on 23 to support Maduro and national peace. Venezuelan political analyst Boyler told the Global Times that the key to Venezuelas political problems lies in the dialogue between the two sides and the improvement of the economy. Street movement can not solve the problem. Eventually, the two parties need to return to the negotiating table and work out a way to reverse the economic decline through economic reform.
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