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Venezuela: Maduro doesn't have 'support or respect' of the military, claims Guaido02:52

Venezuela: Maduro doesn't have 'support or respect' of the military, claims Guaido

Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Caracas
May 1, 2019 at 10:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed once again that President Nicolas Maduro does not have the support of the armed forces, in a new video filmed in Caracas on Tuesday and released on social media.

“It was clear to us that what the regime was saying, that they had control over the Armed Forces, is a farce. We know that Maduro doesn’t have the support or the respect of the Armed Forces, and much less of the people of Venezuela, because he doesn’t protect anybody, because he doesn’t offer results, because he doesn’t offer solutions,” said Guaido.

Guaido stated that his actions do not constitute a coup, claiming that he is himself the legitimate head of state. “In Venezuela there’s no possibility today of a coup d’etat, unless they want to apprehend me,” he said.

Guaido went on to call on all Venezuelans to join protests taking place on Wednesday, May 1, all around the country and keep pressure on Maduro and his supporters. “That’s the challenge, hence tomorrow, May 1, we continue, on the streets, in the gathering point that we’ve established all across the country," he said.

"We’ll be on the streets, we’ll see each other on the street, that’s our territory,” he added. “Tomorrow [Wednesday] all Venezuela to the streets!” he concluded in the video.

Guaido has repeatedly called for an uprising which he has dubbed 'Operation Freedom' and on Tuesday morning released a video calling for a military and popular revolt.

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

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed once again that President Nicolas Maduro does not have the support of the armed forces, in a new video filmed in Caracas on Tuesday and released on social media.

“It was clear to us that what the regime was saying, that they had control over the Armed Forces, is a farce. We know that Maduro doesn’t have the support or the respect of the Armed Forces, and much less of the people of Venezuela, because he doesn’t protect anybody, because he doesn’t offer results, because he doesn’t offer solutions,” said Guaido.

Guaido stated that his actions do not constitute a coup, claiming that he is himself the legitimate head of state. “In Venezuela there’s no possibility today of a coup d’etat, unless they want to apprehend me,” he said.

Guaido went on to call on all Venezuelans to join protests taking place on Wednesday, May 1, all around the country and keep pressure on Maduro and his supporters. “That’s the challenge, hence tomorrow, May 1, we continue, on the streets, in the gathering point that we’ve established all across the country," he said.

"We’ll be on the streets, we’ll see each other on the street, that’s our territory,” he added. “Tomorrow [Wednesday] all Venezuela to the streets!” he concluded in the video.

Guaido has repeatedly called for an uprising which he has dubbed 'Operation Freedom' and on Tuesday morning released a video calling for a military and popular revolt.

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

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