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Venezuela: Maduro kicks off Bolivarian Militia deployment in Caracas

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
November 14, 2019 at 19:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began the deployment of the National Bolivarian Militia to "ensure peace and happy Christmas," as footage filmed in Caracas on Thursday shows.

As part of the measure, members of the National Militia are set to carry out patrolling and street surveillance from November 14 through December 31.

According to Maduro, more than 320,000 rifles are to be distributed to the militiamen through secure routes of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.

The National Militia, which is a part of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, reportedly has more than three million militiamen that are organised in Popular Units of Integral Defence (UPDI).

Maduro's measure comes amid calls for anti-government protests by opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaido, who recognised as the country's interim president by some 54 countries.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began the deployment of the National Bolivarian Militia to "ensure peace and happy Christmas," as footage filmed in Caracas on Thursday shows.

As part of the measure, members of the National Militia are set to carry out patrolling and street surveillance from November 14 through December 31.

According to Maduro, more than 320,000 rifles are to be distributed to the militiamen through secure routes of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.

The National Militia, which is a part of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, reportedly has more than three million militiamen that are organised in Popular Units of Integral Defence (UPDI).

Maduro's measure comes amid calls for anti-government protests by opposition leader and President of the National Assembly Juan Guaido, who recognised as the country's interim president by some 54 countries.

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