Venezuela Crisis: US Pulls Out Staff and Tells Citizens to “Strongly Consider” Leaving

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López. CREDIT: Ricardo Patiño

(From The Guardian)

The US state department has urged its citizens to “strongly consider” leaving Venezuela and ordered out non-emergency government staff as the head of the country’s armed forces warned of a civil war sparked by a US-backed “criminal plan” to unseat Nicolás Maduro.

In a live address to the nation on Thursday, the defense minister, Vladimir Padrino, accused the Venezuelan opposition led by Juan Guaidó, the United States and regional allies such as Brazil of launching an attempted coup against Maduro that risked bringing “chaos and anarchy” to the country.

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