Venezuelan military group arrested after calling for President Maduro’s removal

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CARACAS, Venezuela

A group of 27 soldiers rose up against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at a command post in Caracas on Monday, but they were quickly arrested after posting an appeal for public support in a video.

“We are the professional troop of the National Guard against the regime, which we completely repudiate. I need your help, take to the streets,” a man who identified himself as the group’s leader said in a video circulated on social media.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino issued a statement confirming their arrest.

The issued statement noted that before the attack on a National Guard command center in northern Caracas where they were captured, the men had assaulted another security post, taking four prisoners and making off with “weapons of war,”

It added; “During the arrest, stolen weapons were recovered and (the mutineers) are providing useful information to intelligence services and the military justice system,”

The DM said the rebels would “face the full force of the law.”

Maduro‘s right-hand man and head of the Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said 25 soldiers were arrested at the site, and two more were detained elsewhere.