Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

AP News
Posted: Aug 29, 2016 4:28 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country's political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called a march to demand a recall vote against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The Foreign Ministry's North America agency issued a statement protesting a U.S. State Department spokesman calling for the release of the jailed former mayor of San Cristobal. It accused President Barack Obama's administration of "seeking to destabilize Venezuela and the region in its final days to legitimize its imperial plans against peace and the development of the people."

Venezuelan officials have frequently accused Washington and the country's opposition of plotting coups. U.S. officials regularly deny the accusations.