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Venezuelan president to arm militia supporters after confiscating civilian guns

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Picture taken during a parade in the framework of the seventh anniversary of the Bolivarian Militia, in front of the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on April 17, 2017. Venezuela's defence minister on Monday declared the army's loyalty to Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him. Venezuela is bracing for what Maduro's opponents vow will be the "mother of all protests" Wednesday, after two weeks of violent demos against moves by the leftist leader and his allies to tighten their grip on power. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro declared in a speech to loyalists of his regime that he would arm thousands of his supporters as massive protests and riots occur across the country.

According to Fox News, opposition to Maduro's administration are reaching a boiling point, and in response the Venezuelan president told uniformed militia members outside his palace that there would be a "gun for every militiaman." The Bolivarian militias that were created during the reign of Hugo Chavez will be armed by the Venezuelan government, were some 100,000 in attendance, but loyalists are estimated to number somewhere around 400,000.

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