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Venezuelan Guaido calls for new protests as pressure on Maduro increases



CARACAS (Reuters) – Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed president, called for new street demonstrations on Monday as pressure on President Nicolas Maduro and the troubled OPEC nation increased.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido, accompanied by his wife Fabiana Rosales, speaking at Holy Mass in a local church in Caracas, Venezuela, on January 27, 2019. REUTERS / Carlos Barria / File Photo [19659003] Countries around the world have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, and the United States vowed to starve Maduro's oil revenue management after he was sworn in on 10 January for a second term termed illegitimate.

Maduro says the United States advocates a coup against him and pledges to remain in office, supported by Russia and China, who have funded his government and made efforts to reject his government by the United Nations.

Guaido said opposition sympathizers should take to the streets on Wednesday to distribute copies of a leaflet suggesting amnesty that would provide legal protection for members of the military in the hope that they will turn against Maduro.

"We must remain united in all corners of the country as active agents of change," Guaido tweeted on Monday. "We're fine, very good, Venezuela!"

On Sunday, Israel and Australia joined countries supporting 35-year-old Guaido, and US President Donald Trump said his government had Venezuelan opposition figure Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as accepted a diplomatic representative in the United States.

Guaido used a major street rally on January 23 to swear the country's rightful leader and accused Maduro of a controversial re-election in 2018, which was labeled as fraud by countries around the world.

Guaido asks for help to get control of the Venezuelan government's offshore assets.

In recent days, he has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to prevent Maduro's government from collecting more than $ 1 billion in Bank of England gold.

Venezuela's once-vibrant socialist economy has been imploded by corruption and mismanagement since the collapse in world oil prices in 2014, pushing inflation down to nearly 2 million percent and pushing millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries.

Maduro says his government is the victim of a "economic war" led by his political opponents with the help of Washington. Washington has imposed several rounds of sanctions against the country.

Report by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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