Guaido says Venezuelan troops have joined his cause

01 May, 2019, 02:22 | Author: Manuel Hopkins
  • Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo says he is closely watching a protest call by Venezuela's opposition

"Today courageous soldiers, fearless patriots, brave men supporting the Constitution have answered our call", Mr Guaido said in a video recorded with a small group of uniformed men, one day before a planned anti-government rally.

The U.S. has learned Venezuela's disputed President Nicolas Maduro was "ready" to leave the country amid protest violence and calls for his ouster - until Russian Federation convinced him to stay, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Tuesday night.

The move was Guaido's boldest effort yet to persuade the military to rise up against Maduro.

"Those who try to take Miraflores with violence will be met with violence", he said on national television, referring to the presidential palace where hundreds of government supporters, some of them brandishing firearms, had gathered in response to a call to defend Maduro.

Colombia President Ivan Duque called on Twitter for "soldiers and the people of Venezuela to place themselves on the right side of history, rejecting dictatorship and Maduro's usurpation".

"To [Guaido], the National Assembly and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela who are taking to the streets today".

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The White House said it was "watching and waiting" on the situation in Venezuela and hoping the result would be democracy. Blitzer asked. Pompeo called out both Russian Federation and Cuba, and said, "The United States is prepared to stand with the Venezuelan people, to support the interim government, to help a free and fair election to take place and then to build back this country". "But, at the end of the day, I think what you want in one of the largest countries in Latin America is free and fair elections, and we want to do everything we can to establish democracy there". But Maduro has held on, despite economic chaos, most Western countries backing Guaido, increased US sanctions, and huge protests by Venezuela's opposition.

Guaido, leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, triggering a power struggle with Maduro.

"This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren't", Lopez said in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. Earlier this year, the United States banned the sale of Venezuela's oil in US markets, adding more financial pressure on the country.

Internet observatory NetBlocks reported in a Twitter message that "multiple internet services" were restricted in Venezuela following Guaido's appeal.

Who is Venezuela's self-appointed interim president? .

Maduro has routinely blamed his government's total failure on the United States; claiming President Trump has launched "electronic warfare" against Venezuela.



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