In the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Wednesday, 23 January, protests began against President Nicolas Maduro, which was attended by thousands of people.
Reports about it Apostrophe and The New York Times.
The reason for the protests was the fact that the opposition did not recognize the election results in which Maduro was re-elected head of state.
Protesters chant: “Freedom, freedom!” According to one of the activists, the economic crisis in the country became unbearable: “Today we all need to save our country”.
Meanwhile, the opposition national Assembly recognized their leader Juan Guido acting President of Venezuela, and Maduro is a usurper.
Their support of Guido already expressed by the President of the United States Donald trump, recognizing him as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Also the powers of Guido acknowledged by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. The recognition of the new President said Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Guatemala. However, Mexico does not hurry with the “resignation” Maduro. Similarly with Mexico, and entered Russia.
#23E 11:40 AM Concentración de la oposición de #Venezuela. Detractores de @NicolasMaduro piden su salida del poder y proponen a @jguaido como presidente interino. pic.twitter.com/kt2GvD5P1D
— Jorge L Pérez Valery (@perezvalery) 23 Jan 2019.
In turn, Maduro himself said that the US is trying to make a revolution in the country. He also said that breaks off diplomatic relations with the United States.
In addition, the divisional General of the armed forces of Venezuela jesús Alberto Milano Mendoza called on the army to side with people.
Protests against the President swept Venezuela in 2017, but were suppressed by security forces. Now the opposition hopes that the security forces will side with citizens and will help to achieve the resignation of Maduro.