Venezuela braces for fresh protests as Maduro clamps down
Caracas (AFP) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday urged his supporters once again to protest nationwide against President Nicolas Maduro, who has slowly ratcheted up the pressure on the lawmaker since a failed military uprising.
The demonstrations will help measure support for the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, who is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s interim president, since the April 30 attempt to oust Maduro fizzled.
Guaido has faced a number of setbacks: his deputy Edgar Zambrano was arrested by Maduro’s SEBIN intelligence service and is being held for “the flagrant commission of the crimes of treason, conspiracy and civil rebellion,” the Supreme Court said.
Three other lawmakers have sought refuge in various diplomatic installations in Caracas, and one fled to neighboring Colombia.
“This Saturday, we will take to the streets for our National Assembly… for our brave lawmakers who are giving everything they have and for an entire nation that remains mobilized to win its freedom,” Guaido tweeted late Friday.