Loading
Breaking
Now Reading: ‘KEEP UP THE PRESSURE’ | Venezuela’s Guaido calls for ‘largest march in history’ in uprising effort
‘KEEP UP THE PRESSURE’ | Venezuela’s Guaido calls for ‘largest march in history’ in uprising effort
May 1, 2019 , 02:56 PM

By Luc Cohen and Angus Berwick

MAY 1, 2019 (Reuters) — Venezuelans were expected to take to the streets on Wednesday for what opposition leader Juan Guaido pledged would be the “largest march” in the country’s history, a day after he called for the military to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

In his boldest effort yet to gain the support of the armed forces, Guaido appeared early Tuesday morning outside a Caracas air force base with dozens of National Guard members. That triggered a day of violent protests, leaving more than 100 injured but without any concrete signs of defection from the armed forces leadership.

“We know that Maduro does not have the backing or the respect of the armed forces,” Guaido said in a video message posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday evening. “We have seen that protest yields results. We should keep up the pressure.”

Whether the protest turnout meets those lofty hopes will provide a key test for Guaido, as some supporters grow frustrated that Maduro remains in office more than three months after Guaido – who leads the opposition-controlled National Assembly – invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s May 2018 re-election was illegitimate.

While Guaido earned the backing of the United States and most Western countries, the armed forces have stood by Maduro, who retains the support of allies like Russia, China and Cuba. That has frustrated Guaido’s bid to assume the day-to-day functions of government on an interim basis – which he says would be a prelude to calling new elections.

Venezuelan living standards have declined even further in the first several months of the year, with a series of blackouts and water shortages adding to hyperinflation and chronic shortages of food and medicine that have prompted millions to emigrate.

“I hope this will be the last time we have to take to the streets,” said Claudia Riveros, a 36-year-old bakery worker carrying a Venezuelan flag during Tuesday’s protest. “I want to see the end of this usurping government.”

Maduro, a socialist who calls Guaido a U.S. puppet seeking to orchestrate a coup against him, has also called on supporters to march on Wednesday.

“Tomorrow, the first of May, we will have a large, millions-strong march of the working class,” Maduro said in a Tuesday night television address. “We have been confronting different types of aggression and attempted coups never before seen in our history.”

Guaido’s choice of International Workers’ Day for a major march comes as he is making appeals to union leaders and public workers, a traditional base of support for Maduro and his predecessor and mentor, the late President Hugo Chavez.

“If he does get some degree of participation from labor movements, then that can be an additional feather in his cap,” said Risa Grais-Targow, the Latin America director at Eurasia Group in Washington, adding that the march would be “a significant barometer of his support and capacity to mobilize.”

(Reporting by Luc Cohen and Deisy Buitrago; Editing by Michael Perry)

More From News5
Libreng cr at wifi
Niligdaan ni Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ang batas para magkaroon ng maayos na palikuran ang mga transport terminals.
Published On: June 25, 2019
Nagsorry kay Pres. Duterte
Humingi ng paumanhin kay Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ang kapitan ng F/B Gem-Ver 1 na kabilang sa mga inabandona sa laot ng mga Chinese. | Romel Lopez
Published On: June 25, 2019
'Black money scam'
Natangayan daw ng P10-milyon ang lalaking nabiktima ng scam. | Marianne Enriquez
Published On: June 25, 2019
U.S. Pres. Trump reelection bid
Sinimulan na ni Trump ang kampanya para sa 2020 elections.
Published On: June 25, 2019
Parangal kay Eddie Garcia
Itinanghal na best actor si Manoy sa 2019 Gawad Urian.
Published On: June 25, 2019
Matinding training ni Pacman
Alam na umano ng kampo ni Manny Pacquiao ang kahinaan ng makakalaban niyang si Keith Thurman.
Published On: June 14, 2019
Girian sa protesta sa Hong Kong
Tinututulan ng libu-libong raliyista ang extradition bill na layong malitis sa mainland China ang mga suspek mula sa Hong Kong.
Published On: June 14, 2019
Lumubog na bangka sa Recto bank
Sakay nito ang 22 Pilipino nang mabangga ng hinihinalang Chinese fishing vessel sa West Philippine Sea.
Published On: June 14, 2019
WOTD | Contempt of Court
Alamin ang iba't ibang termino sa usapang legal kasama si Atty. Mel Sta. Maria
Published On: June 14, 2019
Laban para sa anak
Nagpatulong ang ginang na mabawi ang kanyang anak sa dati niyang nobyo.
Published On: June 14, 2019
Top Stories
TOKYO 2020 | Local ticket demand higher than expected —organizers
By Jack Tarrant JULY 5, 2019 (Reuters) — Tokyo 2020 organizers said on Friday they had underestimated Japanese demand for tickets after 3.22 mill
Published On: July 5, 2019
‘USA! USA! USA!’ | Trump salutes military in pomp-filled July 4 celebration
By Jeff Mason JULY 5, 2019 (Reuters) — With U.S. fighter jets flying overhead, President Donald Trump praised the military and reveled in a show
Published On: July 5, 2019
‘COUNTERPRODUCTIVE’ | HNP shuns term-sharing scheme
(JULY 5, 2019) – Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and her regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) rejected the term-sharing scheme whic
Published On: July 5, 2019
CABINET MEMBERS WARNED | Duterte Coalition formed to ‘unite’ House
JULY 5, 2019 – Some lawmakers in the House of Representatives led by Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte formed a coalition in a bid to u
Published On: July 5, 2019
DEFENSE PACT | Armed attack vs PH to trigger US obligations under MDT – envoy
JULY 5, 2019 – An armed attack on Philippine forces could trigger the United States’ obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT),
Published On: July 5, 2019