President Donald Trump recognized the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela on Wednesday. President Trump said that the Venezuelan National Assembly was the “only legitimate branch of government” remaining in the country, despite Nicolas Maduro’s attempt to keep power. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Recognizes Juan Guaido as Interim President of Venezuela
And this weekend, Maduro suffered a blow when the country’s top military attaché to the U.S.—Colonel Jose Luis Silva—became the first senior military official to defect to Guaido’s camp. Announcing his decision in a video posted to social media, Silva urged his colleagues: “Please, brothers, don’t attack our people. The state gave us arms to protect our country, not to touch our equals.” … [Read more...] about Venezuela Crisis: Juan Guaido Calls for Day of Protest to Win Military Support
On Tuesday, the State Department's deputy spokesman Robert Palladino took a few minutes at the top of the intermittently twice-a-week briefing to upbraid reporters whose news organizations refer to Guaido as either the opposition leader of Venezuela, or the country's self-proclaimed president. … [Read more...] about Is Juan Guaido president or opposition leader?
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has taken to the streets with a small contingent of heavily-armed soldiers and detained activist Leopoldo Lopez in a military uprising. "This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren't," said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. "Everyone should come to the streets, in peace." The comments by Lopez came moments after Guaidó appeared in an early morning video shot at a Caracas air base surrounded by several heavily armed soldiers and armored vehicles. Guaido said soldiers who had taken to the streets were protecting Venezuela's constitution. He made the comments a day before a planned anti-government rally. "The moment is now," he said. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that Nicolas Maduro's government was confronting a small "coup attempt" led by military "traitors" backed by right-wing opponents. Tear gas was … [Read more...] about Venezuela unrest: Opposition leader Juan Guaido takes to the street with soldiers, tear gas fired
As the two opposition leaders coordinated actions from vehicles parked on a highway overpass, troops loyal to Maduro sporadically fired tear gas from inside the adjacent Carlota air base. A crowd that quickly swelled to a few thousand scurried for cover, reassembling later with Guaidó to a nearby plaza. A smaller group of masked youths stayed behind on the highway, firing rocks and Molotov cocktails in an attempt to storm the air base. Amid the mayhem, an armored utility vehicle drove at full speed into the crowd. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. "It's now or never," said one of the young rebellious soldiers, his face covered in the blue bandanna worn by the few dozen soldiers joining the "Operation Freedom" insurrection. Amid the confusion Maduro tried to project an image of strength, saying he had spoken to several regional military commanders who reaffirmed their loyalty to his socialist revolution. "Nerves of steel!," he said in a message posted on Twitter. … [Read more...] about Venezuela unrest: Street clashes erupt as opposition leader Juan Guaido urges uprising