Venezuela: Maduro Seizes Airports as U.S. Lifts Sanctions on Defecting Police Chief | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Venezuela: Maduro Seizes Airports as U.S. Lifts Sanctions on Defecting Police Chief

The socialist regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela shut down three major private airports on Tuesday, shortly before announcing indictments against major opposition figures and amid a cloud of accusations that members of Maduro’s inner circle are ready to abandon him.

Last week, Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó – who Maduro has blocked from governing despite being legally the nation’s head of state – announced that he had convinced the military and its senior leadership to defect from Maduro and accept his leadership. Maduro refused to leave and most of his senior security officials denied that they had ever had conversations with Guaidó or the U.S. government about supporting Maduro’s removal.

At press time, the struggle for control of the military between Guaidó and Maduro continues. Maduro’s defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López – who several U.S. officials named as among those in conversations with the opposition – remains at the dictator’s side, but Maduro lost the head of the dreaded secret police (SEBIN), Gen. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera. The U.S. Treasury Department lifted sanctions on Cristopher on Tuesday in an inducement to others like him to jump ship.

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