Military exercises continued in the border municipality of Pedro Maria Urena on Wednesday as international pressure mounts on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The drills, which are aimed at readying the military to defend Venezuela’s sovereignty against a possible invasion attempt, come after the US threatened military intervention as a response to the country’s political crisis.
Commander of the 21st Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Manuel Castillo, said: “The soldiers of this Bolivarian National Armed Forces, the soldiers of Chavez, are constantly on alert to any aggression against our native land. We want peace, but also respect for our self-determination.”
On Monday, President Maduro oversaw what he claims are the largest military drills in the nations’ history.
The armed forces have so far remained loyal to the government, despite international pressure calling on the military to topple Maduro in a coup.
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