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Maduro Supporters Repel Right-Wing 'Taking of Venezuela' March

Pro-government forces defend the Bolivarian Revolution. | Photo: PSUV Pro-government forces defend the Bolivarian Revolution. | Photo: PSUV
The right-wing opposition's calls for the "Taking of Venezuela" was rejected by pro-government forces as tens of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets of Caracas and other major cities Wednesday for pro- and anti-government marches.

Despite some factions of the opposition agreeing to talks with the government, some of the splintered right-wing have refused dialogue and instead called for a national strike for Friday and a provocative march to the Miraflores presidential palace on Nov. 3.

In an official joint statement by foreign ministries, the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay called on both sides to agree on a dialogue and offered their support to reach a quick agreement.

Pro-government demonstrators assembled at the Miraflores presidential palace while clusters of opposition supporters gathered at various points across the Venezuelan capital. Government supporters said they will protect the constitution of Venezuela against any unlawful threat and will reject any attempt to destabilize the country and promote violence.

chavistasMaduro called for a meeting of the country's Defense Council at the Miraflores, calling on all public authorities to assess the parliamentary coup and the "plan for peaceful dialogue."

"Enough of hate, intolerance, and conspiracy to have a coup, Venezuela needs people to work together in order to have a homeland," said Maduro during the march.

Maduro also said that sadly legislators have supported the destabilization attempts and the attacks on democracy.

"The National Assembly has unfortunately taken the road of contempt, they did not want to have a dialogue," said Maduro. "I'm not afraid of dialogue, I am a fighter for peace."

The opposition-dominated National Assembly opened a parliamentary session Tuesday to begin “an evaluation process meant to determine the constitutional situation of the president of the Republic.” Lawmakers concluded the session by approving a hearing process against Maduro. However, the Venezuelan.

The Venezuelan constitution contemplates the possibility of having state officials declare about their "political responsibility," however the national assembly is not entitled to open the procedure by itself, but needs to “solicit Citizen Power”—which consists of the ombudsman, the attorney general and the treasurer. After all of that is accomplished, the supreme electoral tribunal has the last word.

Venezuela's socialist government and the right-wing opposition announced Monday that they would sit down for formal talks mediated by the Vatican and other international agencies. However, staunch government opponents like President of the National Assembly, Henry Ramos Allup have declined Maduro's offer of dialogue.

Although the opposition has tried several times to reach the presidential palace, they have never succeeded, except in 2002 during the coup against late President Hugo Chavez.

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