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The social media video shows the sergeant Venezuelas demanding the removal of Maduro



CARACAS (Reuters) – A man claiming to be a sergeant to the Venezuelan National Guard at an outpost in Caracas has demanded the removal of President Nicolas Maduro in a social media video circulating Monday.

The video showed no significant movements of troops or military vehicles. Social media photos showed the presence of security forces in the outpost of the National Guard.

Reuters was unable to confirm the video independently.

The Ministry of Information did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Maduro was inaugurated on 10 January under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was unlawful after the 2018 elections, which were widely considered fraudulent, with countries around the world rejecting his government.

The United States and many Latin American states say Maduro has become a dictator whose failed state policy has plunged Venezuela into the worst economic crisis, with inflation nearly two million percent.

Maduro says a US-directed "economic war" is trying to force him out of power.

Reporting by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Marguerita Choy

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