Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congress

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro congressBy Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) – Decried by protesters as “murderers” defending a dictator, Venezuela’s military insisted on Thursday it was not taking sides in the national political turmoil, though it did back socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s controversial plan for a new congress. The armed forces’ National Guard unit has played a pivotal role in two months of unrest rocking Venezuela, often blocking marches and using teargas and water cannons to fight youths hurling stones and Molotov cocktails. At least 57 people have been killed, including one National Guard member and two policemen.



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