Protesters and armed forces fought Wednesday in Venezuela on the second day as both the country's controversial president, Nicolas Maduro, and opposition leader Juan Guaido fought for power.
Thousands of demonstrators walked on the streets of Caracas As part of a rebellion that has been the most serious challenge to the reign of socialist Maduro in the once prosperous nation.
VENEZUELA UN-DELEGATE: "THAT IS A POINT OF NO RETURN"
They had reached the maximum pressure, they can not even imagine, "Guaidó told fans, according to Reuters. "We have to stay on the streets."
Maduro went on Tuesday night to announce the defeat of the rebellion, but that did not prevent Guaidó, who in a video on Tuesday evening urged the military to join the military with the seeker in Venezuela.
So far, only one high-ranking officer and a small group of soldiers have publicly broken out of Maduro. The leader of SEBIN, the secret police of Venezuela, reprimanded Maduro in a letter he wrote to the Venezuelan people on Tuesday. Manuel Ricardo Cristopher Figuera said it was time to "rebuild the country".
Maduro was "ready" on Tuesday to get the Central American nation in the midst of calls for his escape, but Russia persuaded him to stay, State Secretary Mike Pompeo said on the "Special Report" by Fox News.
The US, along with some 50 other countries, believe that Maduro's recent election was fraudulent, arguing that he is not the legitimate president of Venezuela. Apart from Russia, according to Pompeo, Cuba was also in direct opposition to Guaidó.
GUAIDO "DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED" LEADER OF VENEZUELA, TELLS THE REGIONAL EXPERTS: "YOU CAN NOT MAKE A COUP AGAINST A DICTATOR" John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said: "This is about the people of Venezuela, but not the entire hemisphere. "
He told Fox News that a big problem is that "people are talking wrong" What Juan Guaidó is doing as a coup, he is the legitimate president. He tries to take control of the government. "
" The coup was made by the Cubans and Russians who somehow grafted themselves to Venezuela. I think they are doing more in a sense than Maduro, "Bolton said, adding that the government had taken the unusual step of accepting Guaidó as interim president in January.
Before the demonstrations continued on Wednesday, President Trump Cuba threatened Venezuela and warns them that he is not afraid to impose a "complete and complete embargo" and sanctions on Cuba if his troops do not cease operations in the country, Bolton had previously claimed that the Cuban forces were in power in Maduro in Caracas
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The US government said that about 20,000 Cuban troops and agents had worked in Venezuela to support the Maduro government, which is contested by Cuba. [1
The Associated Press contributed to this report.