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Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives assassination bid using drones packed with explosives during live TV speech

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives assassination bid using drones packed with explosives during live TV speech thumbnail

Maduro has since called on US president Donald Trump to join his fight against the “terrorist groups” responsible for the attack.

But questions have been raised about whether the incident was faked after Maduro quickly blamed political opponents and media footage of the event suddenly cut out.

The explosions cut short a televised speech by the Venezuelan head of government during the National Guard’s 81 anniversary celebration.

Maduro – blamed for the impoverished country’s crippling inflation and shortages of basic goods – was unharmed.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez condemned it as an attempted attack on the President’s life.

 This is the moment hundreds of soldiers break ranks and scatter at the event

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This is the moment hundreds of soldiers break ranks and scatter at the event
 A uniformed Venezuelan official was pictured with head injuries following the drone blasts

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A uniformed Venezuelan official was pictured with head injuries following the drone blasts

He said: “At exactly 5:41 p.m. in the afternoon several explosions were heard. The investigation clearly reveals they came from drone-like devices that carried explosives.”

Wearing a presidential banner, Maduro was speaking on a podium alongside his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials.

He told the crowds: “To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come and we need….”

Maduro then stops and looks up in the air in horror and Cilia recoils in horror.

 Security personnel shield Maduro after the apparent assassination attempt

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Security personnel shield Maduro after the apparent assassination attempt
 The president was surrounded by protective padding at the National Guard's 81st anniversary

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The president was surrounded by protective padding at the National Guard’s 81st anniversary
 Maduro cut short his speech and was reportedly evacuated

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Maduro cut short his speech and was reportedly evacuated

A day of violence and confusion:

  • Explosions rang out above the Venezuelan National Guard’s 81 anniversary celebration at 5:41pm yesterday as President Nicolas Maduro delivered a speech
  • Seven soldiers were injured in the attack as security personnel rushed to protect Maduro. Buildings were also damaged by the exploding drones
  • Addressing the press after the blasts he said two drones had been deployed in an attempt to assassinate him
  • The president blamed the attack on exiles in the US and Colombia as well as the Colombian government
  • Tensions with Colombia are high over its sheltering of dissidents from Maduro’s socialist country
  • Colombian officials denied responsibility for the attack
  • An obscure group called Soldiers in T-shirts claimed they carried out the assassination attempt, although this is unverified
  • Maduro called for support form Donald Trump to “help me fight these terrorists”
  • Venezuelan officials said several suspects had been arrested but did not disclose their identities

Later security forces were seen checking a nearby building that was apparently set alight around the same time as the explosions.

Mr Maduro blamed far-right factions and the government of neighbouring Colombia for what he described as an assassination attempt.

In an address to the nation Saturday evening, he said: “This was an attempt to kill me. Today they attempted to assassinate me.”

Maduro said at no point did he panic, confident the military would protect him.

 Maduro has called on US president Donald Trump to help him fight the 'terrorist groups' responsible for the attack

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Maduro has called on US president Donald Trump to help him fight the ‘terrorist groups’ responsible for the attack
 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, centre, before a loud bang interrupted his speech during the military ceremony

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, centre, before a loud bang interrupted his speech during the military ceremony
 Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during the ceremony

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Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during the ceremony
 Evidence of the blast is examined by experts at nearby buildings

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Evidence of the blast is examined by experts at nearby buildings

“That drone came after me,” he said. “But there was a shield of love that always protects us. I’m sure I’ll live for many more years.”

He said police had made a number of arrests but gave no further details.

He also said he believed Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos – one of his most outspoken critics – was behind the bomb plot.

And he claimed the plot was planned and financed in Florida and asked for Donald Trump’s help catching the perpetrators.

Mr Maduro, who succeeded tyrant Hug Chavez, was elected to a new term in office in May despite a crippling economic and humanitarian crisis and violence on the streets.

Boris Johnson said the vote was “obviously rigged” and called for fresh international sanctions.

Maduro’s regime has been accused of locking up political opponents and using deadly force to put down protests.

How President Maduro plunged Venezuela into political and economic crisis

PRESIDENT Nicolas Mduro has clung to power in Venezuela plunging the country into political turmoil at home and with governments overseas.

International observers have decried Maduro’s violent clampdown that has seen more than 125 people die in bloody clashes since he won sweeping powers in a rigged election in August last year.

Once the richest country in Latin America, and despite still being a major oil exporting nation, the now socialist administration’s economy is on the verge of total collapse.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled the country, where food and medicine are in short supply and inflation could reach one million percent, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Maduro, a 55-year-old socialist leader, has stuffed the current parliament and Supreme Court with his own supporters – and America, Mexico, Columbia and Panama have all sanctioned a number of their leaders.

France, Germany and Canada withdrew their ambassadors, and the US previously told all embassy staff to leave the country.

Maduro often ciriticses the opposition and the US, claiming they are working together to overthrow him.

The president violently suppressed protests after his election last year as thousands marched for four months against his creation of the Constitutional Assembly which solidified his hold on the governmnent.

The body replaced elected legislature and the Supreme Court later declared the more democraic National Assembly dissolved.

 


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123 Comments on "Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro survives assassination bid using drones packed with explosives during live TV speech"

  1. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 2:42 pm 

    Clogg

    Including central Asia in the numbers is misleading..And one good year won’t reverse a four decade decline..And the high growth rates of the past happened because China and India weren’t producing very many goods..

    your headed for a collapse when the oil runs short soon..that will be the final nail..You low life ugly scum fucker..

  2. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 2:44 pm 

    Europe Economic Growth (GDP)

    1973 5.4 %

    1989 3.3%

    2001 2%

    2016 1.6%

    2028 0% = Economic Collapse

    Source: Harvard
    Political Instability and Economic Growth – (Alesina, 1996) Journal of Economic Growth
    https://www.scribd.com/document/384373317/Political-Instability-and-Economic-Growth-Alesina-1996

    Source: World Bank
    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.KD.ZG?locati&locations=EU

  3. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 2:51 pm 

    Kaczynski was a humanist at heart. Just playing the long game.

  4. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:01 pm 

    Italy’s populists accused of sending country back to ‘Middle Ages’ by eroding vaccinations policy

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/07/italys-populists-accused-sending-country-back-middle-ages-eroding/

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:16 pm 

    1973 5.4 %

    1989 3.3%

    2001 2%

    2016 1.6%

    2028 0% = Economic Collapse

    Source: Harvard
    Political Instability and Economic Growth – (Alesina, 1996) Journal of Economic Growth
    https://www.scribd.com/document/384373317/Political-Instability-and-Economic-Growth-Alesina-1996

    Source: World Bank
    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.KD.ZG?locati&locations=EU

    Address the arguments, you intellectually impotent liar:

    Your link says nothing about 2028. And 2017 is 2.2% growth.

    Worldbank singing the praise about Europe:
    http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/465111512062598806/Global-Economic-Prospects-Jan-2018-Europe-and-Central-Asia-analysis.pdf

    Growth in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region is estimated to have accelerated from 1.7 percent in 2016 to 3.8 percent in 2017, up from 2.5 percent expected in June 2017.
    The recovery was broad-based and supported by revitalized domestic demand and robust external demand. Growth is expected to moderate to 2.9
    percent in 2018 and stabilize at 3 percent in 2019-20

    These higher growth rates in the seventies can be perfectly explained from much hugher birthrates, see:

    https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bevolking_van_Nederland

    See column “bevolkingsgroei” = population growth.

    You do understand what a “baby boomer” is, now don’t you millimind?

    Haha, the millimind sucker caught off-guard once again. Millimind is the perfect embodiment of US decline. Mr Idiocracy pur sang.

  6. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:23 pm 

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweets fake Winston Churchill quote about anti-fascists

    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/08/07/texas-gov-greg-abbott-tweets-fake-winston-churchill-quote-anti-fascism

  7. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:26 pm 

    Clogg

    It doesn’t matter what’s causing it..It matters that its happening are you are going to collapse soon..You moron..

    And link from Wiki doesn’t prove anything..You are grasping at straws you ugly scum of society..

  8. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:27 pm 

    Clog

    You cant include growth from Asia you moron..They are trying to spin it and mislead.You are easily duped because you don’t question anything..You dumb ugly neckbeard..

  9. Cloggie on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 3:34 pm 

    New storage technology…

    …ow wait, do I hear a Llama shitting?

    Yes!

    You low life ugly scum fucker..

    I love it, millimind is red hot foaming angry, and he should be, as he is on the losing side of history and he knows it:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO1agIlLlhg

    This is how these days American universities look from the inside, totalitarian, egalitarian, ideological hell holes, filled with leftist monkeys, who excel in shouting, but inventing not so much. Steep decline, idiocracy.

    Big shrug, it is over, the waiting is for the remaining whites to take a hike and cancel the country, never to be heard of again and rejoin Europe. The future is Eurasia.

    Talking about Europe:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/battolyser-90-storage-efficiency-with-combining-batteries-and-electrolysis/

    Up to 90% storage efficiency with technology from the time when the US were still great: 1901, Thomas Edison.

    The trick is to combine battery and hydrolysis functionality.

  10. MASTERMIND on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 4:14 pm 

    Clog

    My side of history? You are the one who wont put your theories to the test of an independent expert..Because you know they are bullshit..

    LMFAO!

  11. Antius on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 4:21 pm 

    Interesting article on small-scale CAES from Kris De Decker.

    http://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2018/05/ditch-the-batteries-off-the-grid-compressed-air-energy-storage.html

    Low pressure systems (<10 bar) can achieve high efficiency using simple compression and expansion cycles, as the processes are nearly isothermal at such low pressures.

    Compressed air could also be used to provide direct mechanical power, without converting back to electricity. Whilst this is less efficient, it allows the use of cheaper and simpler tools. Compressed air tools also tend to have better power density and lower mass compared to electric.

    Compressed air may be a workable alternative to electric batteries in transportation as well. This would work best as part of a hybrid cycle, with engine heat adding to expansion energy. One cubic metre of air at 30 bar, contains some 10MJ of stored energy. That is enough to power a small car for 20km, assuming 80% recovery efficiency. Given that most car journeys are short, such an innovation could cut lifetime fuel use by at least half. Unlike a battery, the compressed air system would not require replacement within the vehicle lifetime.

  12. fmr-paultard on Tue, 7th Aug 2018 6:02 pm 

    aswang when you said civil war 2 you really are wanting to start a meme and hope it will be civil war 2. you’re a nasty war dog, very evil scrawning little tard. supertards enjoy monopoly on use of force. it doesn’t mean they exercise it but a lot of it through the court system. this is because supertards run the court.

    why do you see the speck in supertards eye but what about the log in your own eye? supremetard said it.

    when i pointed out it was civil war 100th in phils you get pissy. you share the use of force with muslims. and then you give up land for peace. but this worked well with fuhrer and sudatendland didn’t it?

    what a tard aswang. a big tard

  13. Cloggie on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 1:16 am 

    One cubic metre of air at 30 bar, contains some 10MJ of stored energy. That is enough to power a small car for 20km, assuming 80% recovery efficiency.

    Fart power, without the odeur.

    1 m3 is a lot though for a “small car”. Does this imply pressurization of the entire cabine. Health effects on the driver? Can the window shield stand that? LOL

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/compressed-air-energy-storage/

  14. MASTERMIND on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 1:52 am 

    Clogg

    Why don’t you open up the comment section on your scummy looking blog..Its looks like you dont believe in free speech..Shows how scared you are..Just like the religious videos on Youtbue..No comments allowed..there is more than one way to burn a book…

    LMFAO!

  15. TheNationalist on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 8:44 am 

    Oh sweet jesus fucking christ!,,How would you know if you were nothing but a bot on an endless and inane insult/argument loop.
    Like Makati and Cloggy
    Or Davy and Greg the Canuck
    Or Mastermind and everyone?
    Can we say something nice to each other today for a changeplease just once? Or at least discuss the fucking article at the top of the page!
    I really like Davy’s passion and his love of the motherland.
    See thats not so bad….

  16. TheNationalist on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 8:49 am 

    I’ll bet the Venezuelans and the CIA dont have to put up with the endless moaning and childish insults of Peak oil.com…
    Oh god Ive turned into one of you!
    Oh fuck I said god!
    Oh no I swore!
    Oh shit
    See what you’ve done you lot, you have driven me mad!

  17. Davy on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 9:01 am 

    Thanks, nationalist, I want this to end too but war is better than a bad peace. These asswipes like this behavior they perpetuate it. Boney Juan is the
    Worst of the regular trolls. I like real comments with informative content. They like trolling.

    Ban the trolls

  18. TheNationalist on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 11:34 pm 

    That’s tall poppy syndrome for you. Any legitimate complaints get drowned out by sock puppets etc.

  19. MASTERMIND on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 11:42 pm 

    McMartyr? Man threatens to set himself on fire, as McDonald’s prepares to close his location

    https://www.rt.com/news/435430-france-mcdonalds-closure-fire/

    Fun fact: 1 and 8 Americans have worked at McDonald’s in their life..Including Jeff Bezos, Pink, and Jay Leno..

  20. TheNationalist on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 11:46 pm 

    Yeah whatever mind, you’ll be dead in a few years. This is more important:
    Everyone!
    I found him, this is what he looks like:
    When you catch him, kick his ass!!!

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/MrSock.jpg

  21. MASTERMIND on Wed, 8th Aug 2018 11:51 pm 

    Nationalist

    You will die of conflict or starvation within the next decade..

    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  22. Cloggie on Thu, 9th Aug 2018 1:33 am 

    Including Jeff Bezos, Pink, and Jay Leno..

    Two members of your tribe + shabbos goy.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/jay-leno-used-to-be-a-shabbos-goy/

    Did you ever work for McDonalds, millimind? Don’t disappoint me.

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