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Venezuela: 'They're shooting at us' – Anti-Maduro protester during clashes in Caracas02:44

Venezuela: 'They're shooting at us' – Anti-Maduro protester during clashes in Caracas

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
April 30, 2019 at 18:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Anti-Maduro protesters reported being shot at outside La Carlota military base in Caracas on Tuesday, after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military and popular uprising earlier in the day.

"We're being repressed by the National Guard, the Bolivarian Police, and, I think, the FAES (Special Action Forces) group. They're shooting at us. They shot at several people, they shot at me, and they threw tear gas canisters," said one protester.

"I think it's public knowledge throughout the world; Venezuela has collapsed and they want to defend democracy. But democracy doesn’t exist when people are starving to death – there is no democracy," added Rita, another protester. "There is no democracy here, because they weren’t legitimately elected."

Guaido called for a non-violent civilian and military uprising which he dubbed "Operation Freedom" with support from some members of the Venezuelan National Guard, during a video statement released on Tuesday morning.

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’état 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: 'They're shooting at us' – Anti-Maduro protester during clashes in Caracas02:44
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Anti-Maduro protesters reported being shot at outside La Carlota military base in Caracas on Tuesday, after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military and popular uprising earlier in the day.

"We're being repressed by the National Guard, the Bolivarian Police, and, I think, the FAES (Special Action Forces) group. They're shooting at us. They shot at several people, they shot at me, and they threw tear gas canisters," said one protester.

"I think it's public knowledge throughout the world; Venezuela has collapsed and they want to defend democracy. But democracy doesn’t exist when people are starving to death – there is no democracy," added Rita, another protester. "There is no democracy here, because they weren’t legitimately elected."

Guaido called for a non-violent civilian and military uprising which he dubbed "Operation Freedom" with support from some members of the Venezuelan National Guard, during a video statement released on Tuesday morning.

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’état 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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