Outrage After Maduro Troops Intimidate Guaido at His Home

Outrage After Maduro Troops Intimidate Guaido at His Home

Opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to his countrymen to take to the streets at the weekend for "the biggest march in the history of Venezuela" in a new bid to up pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to call early elections. The parliamentary elections had been scheduled for 2020.

"The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy - and freedom has the momentum".

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said he will defy a government ban on humanitarian aid by sending large convoys of medicine into the country with the help of neighboring nations.

The U.S.is working to ensure that the "benefits of Venezuela's resources are not pilfered by Maduro and his cronies", National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a tweet this week.

Yanez, who is strategic planning director of the air force high command, asserted that "90 percent of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces is not with the dictator, it's with the Venezuelan people".

According to two documents prepared for European Union diplomats and seen by Reuters, they will "acknowledge support" for Guaido in his role as interim president. Venezuela's chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting last week.

EFE has reported that Colombian photographer Leonardo Munoz disappeared on Wednesday morning in Caracas and that two more reporters, Spaniard Gonzalo Dominguez and Colombian Mauren Barriga, were later taken away from their office by members of Venezuelan intelligence service Sebin. As Venezuela fell deeper into economic crisis years later, though, Maduro began selling them off to raise the cash he desperately needed for imports and to try, unsuccessfully, to avoid defaulting on the country's foreign debt.

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Idriss Jazairy, a special rapporteur focusing on the negative impact of sanctions, expressed concern about "reports" that the USA sanctions were "aimed at changing the government of Venezuela". "We don't know. We don't know because this man (Maduro) doesn't want to leave and is very defiant".

The self-declared president, who has no control over state institutions or any functions of day-to-day governance, said the opposition would not let up on protests until Maduro stepped down and allowed free elections.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Friday, Bolton said that military intervention in Venezuela by the US, Brazil, Colombia, "or some combination there", was not imminent, but he reiterated all options were on the table, even as the US's objective was "a peaceful transfer of power".

Maduro, who began a second term last month after elections past year that were dismissed by the West as a sham, has said he would be ready for talks with the opposition. The statement reported, "The U.S. does not recognize ex-president Nicolas Maduro to possess the legal expert to end diplomatic relations with the U.S. or to announce our diplomat's persona non grata".

"Nicolas Maduro has got big problems".

The police's special action force, FAES, had gone to his home to interview his wife Fabiana Rosales, Guaido said during a speech at Caracas university.

Venezuela is suffering from hyperinflation, produce shortages and a mass migration of citizens to neighbouring Latin American countries - a situation likely to be worsened in the short term by the new sanctions.

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