Maduro orders army to combat 'attacks' on public services

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Venezuelan government has ordered the armed forces to create a plan to protect the country's public services from alleged attacks by political opponents.

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In a televised speech, President Nicolás Maduro blamed "paramilitaries and terrorists" for sabotaging power and water services.

He accused right-wing groups of initiating a wave of violence, including a fire that destroyed the Táchira state headquarters of power utility Corpoelec earlier this week.

Maduro urged troops to "put themselves in the shoes of those perverted minds" in an effort to anticipate future attacks.

Venezuelans have grown accustomed to water and electricity cuts as public utilities suffer from chronic underinvestment and the increasingly dire state of the local economy.