Maduro threatens to arrest deputies who have passed the Inter-American Defense Treaty

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned Saturday of his willingness to arrest supporters of the country’s return to the Inter-American Military Cooperation Treaty, which was approved by the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

“The crane is ready,” the socialist president said, referring to the arrest in May of National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano, who pulled his truck into the intelligence headquarters.

“This crane is Gonzalez Lopez, the crane is ready,” Maduro said at a military ceremony in Caracas. “The crane goes out to look for criminals who hope Venezuela will be invaded.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appealed to the public for the decision of the High Court of Justice, which on Friday rescinded the legislative agreement voted by deputies to return Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty on Mutual Assistance.

Venezuela withdrew from the treaty in 2013 at the instigation of late President Hugo Chavez.

The National Assembly, the only opposition-controlled institution, voted to return the country to the treaty on Tuesday, just six months after Juan Guido’s announcement as acting president. Since then, some 50 countries have recognized the United States.

The deputies’ decision to return Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Mutual Assistance, as part of Juan Guadillo’s campaign to oust the president from power, accuses him of being an “usurper”, saying his re-election in 2018 was fraudulent.

The opposition leader said the measure would allow for “international alliances” to “defend the people and sovereignty.”

The United States, Guido’s main diplomatic supporter and signatory to the treaty, does not rule out armed intervention to pursue Maduro, backed by Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and Cuba.

The treaty, passed in 1947, states that an armed attack on an American state by another country is tantamount to an attack on all its states that undertake to confront it together.

“Let us take this paper to the Inter-American Treaty of Mutual Assistance, toss it in the trash and burn it so that it does not reappear in Venezuela,” Maduro shouted.

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