Venezuela’s Maduro Accuses US of Planning an Imminent Invasion

John J. Xenaki | Breitbart

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday renewed his accusation that the collapse of the country’s economy is being caused by United States sabotage. ( “15-May-16 World View — Venezuela economy close to collapse as Maduro orders jailing of factory owners”) And he accused the United States of planning an imminent invasion because, he claimed, two American military surveillance planes had illegally entered Venezuelan airspace last week. According to Maduro on Tuesday:

“Our military aviation detected the illegal entry, for unusual espionage tasks, of the Boeing 707 E-3 Sentry, which is an airborne early warning control center system that has all the mechanisms for espionage. … Washington conducts these tasks to support communications of armed groups in war zones or to prepare actions to disable electronic equipment of the government, the armed forces or the economy.”

Maduro has decreed a state of emergency, giving himself additional powers that will permit the use of violence and arrests against opposition protests. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles told his followers to ignore the decree, said that the army has to make a choice:

“We, Venezuelans, will not accept this decree. This is Maduro putting himself above the constitution. To impose this, he’d better start preparing to deploy the war tanks and military jets. And I tell the armed forces: The hour of truth is coming, to decide whether you are with the constitution or with Maduro.”

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