CARACAS, Monday March 18, 2013 | Update

Venezuela's Maduro warns about plans against life of opposition leader

Acting president and ruling party presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro said opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel needs new actors

Nicolás Maduro asserted that there are testimonies from Venezuelan military officials who have been contacted by US military officials to disturb order in the country (Photo: Miraflores Press Office)
Monday March 18, 2013  01:15 PM
Venezuelan acting president and ruling party presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro reaffirmed in an interview on Sunday that two former US officials are tuning up details to assassinate opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski and then blame the government.

Maduro also stated that the Venezuelan government is seriously interested in the respect of the political rights of the opposition leader. 

The acting president remarked that "committing a violent act against Henrique Capriles Radonski has been planned as opposition candidates have failed to win anything; this is how they seek to settle in the Miraflores Palace." He added that there are some testimonies from Venezuelan military officials, who were approached by US military officials to incite them to commit violent acts in the country.

Maduro advised opposition parties to renew their leaderships and incorporate new actors after April 14 (presidential election), particularly that of opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD).

Is protest over?

That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending  in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.

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