Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Cause of Venezuelan chopper crash is under investigation

Cause of Venezuelan chopper crash is under investigation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday stressed the unity of armed forces while supervising a training of military cadets amid tensions in the Latin American country escalated by a failed coup attempt last week.

"I trust in the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, in your loyalty, I trust you", said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Trump against US interference in Venezuela during a May 3 phone call.

"The time for transition is now, no more starvation, no more children without medicine, no more repression", Pompeo said.

A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed close to Caracas on Saturday morning, killing all seven people on board, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Guaido, meanwhile, was to make a fresh bid on Saturday to rally Venezuela's armed forces behind him with protests at military bases in the crisis-hit country.

In Barquisimeto in the northeast, the National Guard pushed back marchers with tear gas.

"The goal is to carry our message without falling into confrontation or provocation", Guaido said.

Guaido, who is recognized by more than 50 countries including the U.S. as Venezuela's legitimate interim president, acknowledged that he fell short.

But there was a small turnout for the marches, with participants in the hundreds, not the thousands.

"I don't think this will produce a military breakdown, but it will contribute to something bigger happening soon", Marcos Rodriguez, a 24-year-old lawyer, told AFP outside La Carlota air base, the scene of Tuesday's uprising.

The Supreme Court, stacked with Maduro loyalists, also ordered the rearrest of opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who was freed from house arrest by the rebel soldiers and who is now taking refuge in the Spanish Embassy.

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Pompeo called on Russia, Cuba and Iran to end their support for the Maduro regime.

USA officials are working to provide President Donald Trump with "a full-scale set of options; diplomatic options, political options, options with our allies, and then ultimately, a set of options that would involve use of US military", Pompeo said. He said Maduro's days as the Venezuelan leader are numbered, but offered no timetable.

Guaido is considered Venezuela's legitimate leader by the US and 50 other countries.

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