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the Venezuelan military personnel are deserting president Nicolas Maduro in growing numbers and fleeing to Colombia and Brazil that's according to six deserters from the National Guard lieutenants and five sergeants now living in Brazil who asked Reuters to withhold their names due to fear of reprisals against their families they said soldiers are increasingly refusing to follow majora's orders to repress protests against the socialist government you're supposed to protect the people in the government wants you to attack that we can't do it now boil rebellion in the middle ranks of the National Guard has been contained by intimidation the desert or say the government is tapping the phones of military personnel suspected of anti Maduro sympathies and monitoring their behavior bunch top armed forces commanders have still remained loyal to model they see and they unless the president wants to control everything once I have all the military high level the generals in good position so that they eat well feed their families well but at the pockets aligned so that they don't turn on the news because he knows that if they are taken out of their positions those military officials will turn their back and they are the ones who can carry out a coup d'etat and I lift my left he's on okay live when that work without the head of Venezuela's opposition led Congress one white though backed by most western nations is trying to oust Maduro claiming that his two thousand and eighteen re election was illegitimate why though has led regular protests against Maduro inside Venezuela some of which have turned deadly if this continues like this the streets will be sustained in blood a lot of blood because that was what the government wants with support dwindling from other road the deserters say that the government has released jail inmates and put them in National Guard uniforms to the disgust of soldiers with yours of service behind them and look at yeah we call us to , orders but we are deserters nor cal hours refusing to turn our weapons on people does not make us deserters it makes us heroes of the nation , Colombian immigration authorities said that fourteen hundred people from Venice but as armed forces had left the country for Columbia this your