Venezuelan Opposition Leader Calls Citizens to the Streets, Says Coup Is Underway

Early Tuesday morning – just after years of deteriorating circumstances beneath the leadership of Nicolás Maduro – the leader of Venezuela’s opposition celebration, Juan Guaidó, known as the Venezuelan folks to action.

According to the Guardian, Guaidó took to Twitter at dawn to share a video announcing that the military was standing with the opposition and that this was the “final phase” toward freedom and democracy in Venezuela. The video showed Guadió surrounded by military personnel.

Following this, with the support of the military, the opposition leader reportedly freed opposition politician Leopoldo López who was arrested as a political prisoner in 2014 and was beneath home arrest. 

Lopez seemingly confirmed his rescue tweeting, “The definitive phase towards the finish of the usurpation has begun, Operation Freedom. I’ve been freed by soldiers following the constitution and President Guaidó. I’m at the La Carlota base. Let’s all mobilise. It is time to win Freedom. Strength and Faith.”

The Connected Press reports that López also known as on the folks to take to the streets saying, “This is the moment of all Venezuelans, these in uniform and these who are not. Absolutely everyone really should come to the streets, in peace.”

According to the Guardian, demonstrations rapidly broke out across the nation.

The head of the Venezuelan military, Vladimir Padrino, took to Twitter to weigh in on the military’s alliance, refuting Guaidó’s claims that the military is with the opposition. He wrote, “The armed forces stay firm in their defense of the national constitution and the genuine authorities. All military units deployed in the eight defense regions report factors are typical in the barracks and military bases, which are beneath the command of their neighborhood commanders.”

He continued, “We reject this coup movement, which seeks to fill our nation with violence. The pseudo-leaders at the head of this subversive movement are utilizing troops and police officers armed with combat weapons on the streets of the city to stir up anxiousness and terror.

You are a bunch of cowards! We will stay firm in the defense of constitutional order and the peace of the republic, backed up by law, history and what is correct. Ever loyal, under no circumstances traitors!”

According to video footage posted to Twitter by protesters, it seems the military’s alliances have fractured.

A video posted by Conflicts New Worldwide News, shows armored military autos turning away from the protesters in Puerto Ordaz as they cheered them off. In Caracas – the nation’s capital – on the other hand, National Guard members can be observed chasing protesters away in a chaotic scene. According to the AP, there had been sporadic efforts by the National Guard to use tear gas on protestors.  

Reportedly, Maduro told protesters in the capital that he will not back down, regardless of reports that say the existing actions by opposition celebration members are just the tip of the iceberg. 

According to the Guardian, Guaidó’s ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, held a press conference in Washington DC., Tuesday afternoon, claiming that the ongoing demonstrations are “only the starting.”

Vecchio mentioned, This is only the starting.  This is an operation that is creating correct now, you will see much more events in the hours and days to come.”

He continued, “This is not a military coup, this is a constitutional crisis, lead by the Venezuelan folks.”

Reportedly, Vecchio also had a message for Maduro. He mentioned “Your time is more than. Venezuela is prepared for a modify, you will have to facilitate a transition in our nation. You will have to let the Venezuelan folks to reestablish a Democratic system… no one is going to quit it.”

This is a creating story, as protests are anticipated to continue in the coming days.

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