Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called on Venezuelans to take to the streets for mass protests on Wednesday.
In a video statement posted on social media on Tuesday, Guaidó called on the military to turn to those who were planning to change Venezuela. 19659003] The man, who has been recognized by more than 50 nations as the legitimate leader of Venezuela, said the country's controversial president, Nicolas Maduro, "does not have the support or respect" of the military.
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Guaidó said he called for the uprising to restore Venezuela's constitutional order, which was broken when Maduro was sworn in for a second term earlier this year and considered illegitimate by dozens of countries.
Guaidó demanded a military uprising on Tuesday, a rebellion called "Operation Freedom" (Operation Freedom) Still on Maduro's disputed rule.
In the midst of confusion, Maduro tried to project a picture of strength, saying he had spoken to several regional military commanders who confirmed their loyalty.
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Maduro said the Guaidó mutiny had been defeated, and Venezuela would never surrender to "imperialist forces," as The Guardian states.
Protesters set up palace at various downtown intersections about ten blocks from the presidential palace, but the police in riot gear quickly moved in to clear the streets. Most of the shops and shops were closed, and the streets of the capital were unusually quiet as people crowded home to await the outcome of the day's drama.
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A dramatic incident during a chaotic day of violent street fighting over a crowd rapidly swelling to a few thousand, several armored vehicles plundering a group of anti-government protesters, who tried to storm the airbase of the capital and beat at least two demonstrators. [1
The Associated Press contributed to this report.