Venezuelas opposition leader Juan Guaido used his latest mass rally on Saturday to reiterate an appeal to the army to end its support for Nicolas Maduros regime, and announced massive Mayday protests to oust the embattled president.
Guaido told supporters at the rally in Caracas that the support of the army was “fundamental” to oust Maduro, “but time is passing and the wait cannot be eternal.”
He reminded military leaders they have “a historic opportunity resting on their shoulders.”
Despite support from more than 50 states who recognize him as interim president, US-backed Guaido has been unable to affect Maduros grip on the military, which continues to keep him in power, along with allies China and Russia.
Guaido will aim to keep up the street pressure on the regime with a huge Mayday protest on Wednesday that he said would be “the largest in the countrys history.”
At his rally on Saturday, he held a swearing-in ceremony for “freedom commandos” – volunteers he has put in charge of organizing ongoing protests against the government.
The government has also called for mass pro-Maduro demonstrations to be held as part of its annual Mayday parade.
On Saturday, several thousand Maduro supporters flocked onto the streets, responding to the ruling socialist PSUV partys call to “celebrate” Venezuelas exit from the Organization of American States.
Caracas announced in 2017 that it would leave the organization which it accuses of participating in a US-directed campaign to destabilize the government.
“The hard-core people are mobilizing to celebrate our final withdrawal from the US Colonial Office: the OAS,” Maduro scoffed in a message on Twitter.
The last Maduro envoys at the embassy left after the OAS voted on April 10 to accept Guaidos envoy to represent Venezuela at theRead More – Source