Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his government will dispatch some 3,000 police and army troops throughout the country in a bid to stem spiraling violent crime.
Members of the Venezuelan armed forces before their deployment, in Caracas on May 13, 2013. Venezuelan police and about 3,000 soldiers have been deployed in Caracas, especially in areas belonging to the State of Miranda (North) ruled by the opposition leader Henrique Capriles, as part of a plan to fight violent crime in the whole country.
"We have decided to fight with all our heart and soul to create a safer country," said Maduro, announcing the launch of what authorities are calling operation Safe Homeland 2013.
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