Venezuelan defense Minister said he was ready to use weapons
The head of the military Department of Venezuela Vladimir Padrino Lopez curled on Tuesday about the readiness to use weapons if necessary against the backdrop of a military coup attempt.
«Those who come to the (presidential Palace) Miraflores for the sake of violence will be defeated by violence. If it is necessary to use weapons, we will use it,» he said on the air of the state television of the country, according to the portal Nacional.
On Tuesday morning the opposition leader of Venezuela Juan Guido, self-proclaimed himself President, and his supporters gathered in Caracas on the highway in front of the military base «Carlota». Earlier, Guido called on the Venezuelan people and army to take to the streets to complete the operation «Freedom» to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has already said that the armed forces remained loyal to the authorities of the country. According to the Russian Embassy in Caracas, after the coup attempt, the situation in the city remains calm, the military did not side with the opposition, and the situation is fully controlled by the authorities.
Earlier Padrino Lopez reported one wounded high-ranking military in an attempted coup.