Social media video shows Venezuela
sergeant demanding Maduro removal
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[January 21, 2019]
CARACAS (Reuters) - A man
identifying himself as a Venezuelan National Guard sergeant at a Caracas
outpost called for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro, in a social
media video circulating on Monday.
The video did not show significant movement of troops or military
vehicles. Social media photos showed the presence of security forces in
the area of the National Guard outpost.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the video.
The Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for
Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that
his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed
as fraudulent, with countries around the world disavowing his
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The United States and many Latin American nations say Maduro has
become a dictator whose failed state-led policies have plunged
Venezuela into its worst ever economic crisis, with inflation
approaching 2 million percent.
Maduro says that a U.S.-directed "economic war" is trying to force
him from power.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and
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