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Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot

Published on Mar 26, 2014 6:47 AM
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaking at the UNASUR's foreign ministers meeting at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas on March 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CARACAS (AFP) - Three Venezuelan air force generals accused of plotting a coup against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro were arrested on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, amid a widening crackdown on the opposition.

The unidentified generals were in contact with opposition politicians and "were trying to get the Air Force to rise up against the legitimately elected government," Mr Maduro told a meeting of South American foreign ministers.

"This group that was captured has direct links with sectors of the opposition and they were saying that this week was the decisive week," Mr Maduro said.

The stunning disclosure - the first known significant threat from within Mr Maduro's government - comes amid a growing crackdown on the President's opponents after more than six weeks of street protests that have left at least 34 dead.

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