An assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which Maduro claimed was part of a "fascist" conspiracy to overthrow the government, was thwarted.
Maduro spokesman Jorge Rodriguez reported on state-run television about a largely broadcast network of retired police and soldiers planning to bomb an important government building, capture a Caracas airbase, and plunder the country's central bank.
Rodriguez said the alleged network is planning the attack on June 23 and wants Maduro, his wife, and several high-ranking officials to kill senior government officials.
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Guaido, who said members of his own political team are confronted with armed men The recent Maduro security forces' recent claim was rejected on Wednesday as a renewed attempt by the government to divert attention away from Venezuela's real problems.
"It should be clear to the regime that they will not intimidate us," Guaido said at a press conference, calling on police and military personnel not to take orders from the Maduro regime.
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"That's not called politics," Maduro said. "That's called fascism."
Meanwhile, Rodriguez seemed to point out that the alleged coup had been crushed by group informants.
"We were in all sessions to plan the coup," he said. "We participated in all conferences."
The government has alleged that various conspiracies have been averted over the years, and generally little evidence has been provided to substantiate its allegations. The opposition claims that Maduro uses such allegations to justify his crackdown on dissidents.
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Maduro was attacked in August 2018 by two explosive drones that exploded near the President while talking at a military celebration in the open air. He was not injured in the attack, which the officials described as an assassination attempt.
Rodríguez said the alleged network wanted to steal a helicopter to free Raul Baduel, a former defense minister, and use him as president.
He also accused Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera of supporting the allegedly foiled coup attempt.
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Venezuela was Guaido, the leader of the opposition-led National Assembly, who appealed to the country's constitution earlier this year and declared itself to the interim president.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.