Venezuela's Guaido in video calls for military uprising

May 02, 2019, 00:23
Venezuela's Guaido in video calls for military uprising

"What we are seeing today in Venezuela is the will of the people to peacefully change the course of their country from one of despair to one of freedom and democracy", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted in an early reaction.

'Señor Pompeo, please, ' Maduro said.

It was unclear whether Mr Guaido's message had resonated with the military leaders whose support is critical in keeping Mr Maduro in power despite a crumbling economy and electricity blackouts.

Guaido said he was at the Caracas airbase La Carlota.

That support had seemed to crack Tuesday with the launch of what the opposition was calling "Operation Freedom", which began with the early-morning release of a short video of Guaido and Lopez alongside a few dozen national guardsmen urging people to "take to the streets".

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

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With Cuba now active in Venezuela, which is also supported by the likes of Russian Federation and China, Trump waded in on Twitter.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido greets supporters in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Maduro calls Guaido a U.S-backed puppet who seeks to oust him in a coup.

Guaido, whose claim as interim president is backed by the United States and more than 50 other countries, appeared in a video recorded next to the La Carlota air base surrounded by several heavily armed soldiers backed by armored vehicles.

Other supporters said they went out to support the revolutionary process.

The national security adviser downplayed a televised scene of a military vehicle running over demonstrators who had been pelting the armored personnel carrier with stones.

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At a State Department briefing, the agency's special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said it appears the three top-level Maduro officials are not going forward with what they had promised during internal Venezuelan negotiations.

So far, they have stood by Mr Maduro - despite dozens of countries, including the United Kingdom, the U.S. and most of Latin America, recognising Mr Guaidó as Venezuela's rightful leader.

But Bolton gave no evidence that these senior aides had said they would turn against the Chavista president.

"The armed forces have taken the right decision", said Guaido.

Maduro, in a late-night televised address, said, "We have been confronting different types of aggression and attempted coups never before seen in our history".

Cuba is a leading backer of embattled President Nicolas Maduro.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday evening issued an order prohibiting U.S. air operators from flying below 26,000 feet in Venezuela's airspace until further notice, citing "increasing political instability and tensions".