Venezuela foils US-backed coup attempt

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said a coup plot supported by the U.S. government and right-wing opposition groups had been foiled.

“It is the government of the United States that is behind the plans of destabilization and coups against Venezuela. I have come here to denounce it. ... We have dismantled a coup attempt against democracy, against the stability of our homeland,” Maduro said in a televised address Thursday, according to CNN. “It was an attempt to use a group of officials from the air force to provoke a violent act, an attack.”

The U.S.-backed coup plot involved an attack on the presidential palace with a Super Tucano jet or an attack on a public gathering that the president was attending, Maduro said, according to reports by Reuters and CNN. Other alleged targets were the teleSUR TV network’s headquarters and the country’s Defence Ministry.

Maduro said five air force officers alleged to have been involved in planning the coup have been arrested. He said the officers had been given U.S. visas and were paid in U.S. dollars.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. A Super Tucano jet attacking the Venezuelan presidential palace
2. The jet attacking the president at a public gathering
3. The jet attacking a TV network and the Venezuelan Defence Ministry
4. Five air force officers are bribed with U.S. visas and U.S. dollars
5. The five officers are arrested

VOICEOVER (in English):
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VENEZUELA’S PRESIDENT ALLEGES
U.S.-BACKED COUP PLOT

“President Nicolas Maduro said the U.S.-backed coup plot involved an attack on the presidential palace with a Super Tucano jet...”

“or an attack on a public gathering that the president was attending.”

“Other targets were the teleSUR TV network’s headquarters and the country’s Defence Ministry.”

“Five air force officers are alleged to have been involved in planning the coup. Maduro said they were given U.S. visas and paid in U.S. dollars. All five have been arrested.”

SOURCES: CNN, Sputnik News, Reuters
http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/12/americas/venezuela-coup-attempt-foiled/
http://sputniknews.com/latam/20150213/1018206784.html
http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/02/13/venezuela-rallies-idINL1N0VM2AJ20150213