Maduro says helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court

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We would never give up, and what we failed to achieve with votes, we would do with weapons.

A person flying a police helicopter tried to throw a grenade at the Supreme Court in Venezuela's capital Caracas, according to reports.

Following the incident, the President said that the country's military has been placed on high alert. He said the nation's air defense was activated and one of the grenades didn't explode, preventing any loss of life.

- War of words -Addressing a crowd over the weekend, Maduro had said detainees would face military trial over an alleged coup plot, backed by Venezuelan opposition leaders and aimed at precipitating a USA intervention in the country.

Soaring inflation and widespread shortages of medicines, food and other essentials have infuriated the local people, who are struggling to afford even basic necessities.

Adding to the intrigue, pictures of a blue police helicopter carrying an anti-government banner appeared on social media around the same time as a video in which an alleged police pilot, identified as Oscar Perez, called for a rebellion against Maduro's "tyranny" as part of a coalition of members of the country's security forces.

Addressing Trump, he warned of a massive refugee crisis for the USA in the event of the "destruction" of Venezuela.

Earlier, Venezuela's leader warned that he and supporters would take up arms if his socialist government was violently overthrown by opponents who have been on the streets since April.

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The latest standoff on Tuesday saw clashes had take place inside and outside the national assembly building in Caracas, a few hundred meters from the Supreme Court.

"It could've caused a tragedy with several dozen dead and injured", he said, calling it a "terrorist attack".

"You would have to build 20 walls in the sea, a wall from MS to Florida, from Florida to NY, it would be insane." before reminding the United States leader that "you are responsible for restraining the madness of the Venezuelan right-wing".

Another journalist, Alberto Rodriquez tweeted footage of the National Guard bursting into the national assembly building, resulting in a confrontation with lawmakers.

Some 216 people were arrested.

He appealed to Venezuelans to oppose the "criminal government". One dismissed a challenge against Maduro's plans for a constitutional assembly by chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, a longtime loyalist who broke with the government over the issue.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Mr Rodriguez criticised Mr Maduro for not holding a referendum prior to the Constituent Assembly election, as his predecessor Hugo Chávez had done in 1999.

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