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Juan Guaido declares the "last phase of Operation Freedom" in Venezuela



Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez called Guaido's action on Twitter a "coup" adding that the government "disables a small number of treacherous military men".

"We call on the people to remain on high alert so that together with the glorious Bolivian forces we will defeat this coup attempt and maintain peace, we will win," he said.

Guaido, who is head of the Venezuelan National Assembly and was recognized as president by dozens of other countries, he led months of protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro, but on Tuesday it was his boldest attempt, the military in the removal of the Venezuelan leader included. Guaido explained the "beginning of the end of usurpation" in a video shot in a military base in Caracas, La Carlota.

"Our forces today have brave soldiers, brave soldiers, brave men attached to the Constitution. Come to our vocation, we have come to this vocation," Guaido said in the video.

Guaido called for nationwide demonstrations on May 1, saying his announcement signaled the start of this protest one day earlier.

He later tweeted, "Right now, I'm meeting with the main forces of our forces and starting the final phase of Operation Freedom."

Guaido has been visiting cities and towns outside of Caracas for the past few weeks, and has attracted large crowds of people to pressure his bid to resign.

  Juan Guaido gave a speech at dawn, flanked by men in military clothing and armored vehicles in Venezuela's capital, Caracas.

It is not clear whether Guaido's platoon will prevail. "The situation is under control," said Maduro Deputy Minister of Communications Isbemar Jimenez, told CNN on Tuesday. "All military garrisons support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro."

Senator Marco Rubio, an outspoken critic of Maduro, urged the Venezuelan military to support Guaido on Twitter .

"This is the moment for the #Venezuela military to take their constitutional oath and defend the legitimate interim president (Guaido & # 39; s) to restore democracy and make history in the coming hours and days." , he wrote .

Guaido emerged from the darkness when he was appointed President of the National Assembly on January 5. His arrival in the political scene has revived the opposition to Maduro's government.

The 35-year-old has pledged a transitional government and free elections to end the reign of the socialist Maduro regime, which has monitored the descent of the once wealthy oil nation into economic collapse and a humanitarian crisis.


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