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Maduro gears up for talks to end crisis

PROTESTS:Venezuela’s president called for a peace conference after competing pro and anti-government rallies hit Caracas over the weekend

AFP and AP, CARACAS

The retired general sported a flak jacket, assault rifle and handgun as he defiantly addressed dozens of neighbors from the balcony of his home in eastern Caracas.

“I’m not going to surrender,” the 57-year-old Vivas yelled to a crowd of cheering followers.

Supporters rushed to Vivas’ defense after he announced to his 100,000-plus followers on Twitter that a group of “Cuban and Venezuelan henchmen” had come looking for him. The officers withdrew after the crowd built barricades outside Vivas’ house. Vivas’ lawyer said they did not have an arrest order.

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