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Venezuela: Teargas, sounds of possible gunfire as crowds head to Carlota airbase01:20

Venezuela: Teargas, sounds of possible gunfire as crowds head to Carlota airbase

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
April 30, 2019 at 13:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Crowds started to gather outside La Carlota airbase in Caracas, where opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a popular and military uprising on Tuesday.

Footage shows a growing number of people gathering near the base, some waving Venezuelan flags. Possible gunshots were heard early-on in the gathering, after which a number of people were seen running while others cried in spanish "they are shooting."

Guaido called for an uprising which he dubbed "Operation Freedom" with support from some members of the military, and called for the official start of the operation on Tuesday morning in a Twitter video.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that Venezuela is "confronting and deactivating a small group of military traitors who positioned themselves to promote a coup d'etat against the constitution and the peace of the Republic," and called on citizens to resist them.

Venezuela has been in a political crisis since January 23, when Guaido declared himself president in a move now recognized by over 50 countries including the United States the European Union.

Venezuela: Teargas, sounds of possible gunfire as crowds head to Carlota airbase01:20
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Crowds started to gather outside La Carlota airbase in Caracas, where opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a popular and military uprising on Tuesday.

Footage shows a growing number of people gathering near the base, some waving Venezuelan flags. Possible gunshots were heard early-on in the gathering, after which a number of people were seen running while others cried in spanish "they are shooting."

Guaido called for an uprising which he dubbed "Operation Freedom" with support from some members of the military, and called for the official start of the operation on Tuesday morning in a Twitter video.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that Venezuela is "confronting and deactivating a small group of military traitors who positioned themselves to promote a coup d'etat against the constitution and the peace of the Republic," and called on citizens to resist them.

Venezuela has been in a political crisis since January 23, when Guaido declared himself president in a move now recognized by over 50 countries including the United States the European Union.

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