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    Venezuelan Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez. | Photo: Twitter / @PresidencialVen

Published 22 January 2019

Venezuelan Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the group seeks to generate violence during opposition protests on Jan. 23 and thus justify international interference.

The Venezuelan right-wing Popular Voluntad group is linked to the assault perpetrated against a detachment of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in which the military stole weapons, said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez at a press conference Tuesday.

He said that this group seeks to generate violence during the demonstration called by the opposition for Jan. 23 and thus justify international interference.

The Venezuelan government warned opposition sectors about the carrying out of these violent plans during the mobilization, as happened in 2002 with an opposition march on its way to the presidential palace.

He pointed out that extremists who promote violence are following orders from Vice President of the United States Mike Pence , who on Tuesday through social media accounts supported the opposition and their protest plans.

"The fascists are the same people as Mike Pence, those who expect that tomorrow they will be dead and will act with violence in opposition march," said the Venezuelan minister.

He also said that 51 war weapons were stolen in the assault last Monday, 11 of them remain in the hands of the assailants. He added that these weapons were given to civilians of Voluntad Popular, and taken to Cúcuta, Colombia, for paramilitary training.

Last Monday this group of soldiers, arrested and facing trial, moved in two military vehicles, stormed against the headquarters of the Detachment of Urban Security located in Petare, Sucre municipality, stealing from there a batch of weapons and kidnapping two officers and two members of the Venezuelan National Guard at gunpoint.

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