Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for military coup against Maduro regime

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:11 AM PT — Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The White House is fully backing Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido as he calls for a military uprising against the Maduro regime.

In a message to the public Tuesday, Guaido said he has gained support from the Venezuelan military. He claimed to be in the final phase of his plan to remove socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from power.

Guaido is calling on the people to join him in the streets Tuesday, where thousands are expected to protest the Maduro regime.

“Now, I call on the civil servants who are a fundamental component, not only for the transition, but also for the reconstruction of Venezuela to recover national sovereignty,” stated Guaido. “Our armed forces today — courageous soldiers, courageous patriots, courageous men who follow the constitution — have responded to our call.”

This comes after the opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez, who is supposed to be under house arrest, was freed by the military. He now joins Guaido in his efforts to remove Maduro from office.

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self proclaimed president Juan Guaido talks to an Army officer outside La Carlota air base in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Guaido took to the streets with a small contingent of armed soldiers and detained activist Leopoldo Lopez calling for a military uprising. (AP Photo/Boris Vergara)

Meanwhile, several members of the Trump administration are voicing their support for the uprising in Venezuela. On Twitter Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said America stands with opposition leader Juan Guaido and all the freedom-loving people of Venezuela”. Likewise, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. “fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom,” adding, “Democracy cannot be defeated.”

National Security Adviser John Bolton also chimed in, saying Venezuela’s military has a choice to “embrace democracy” and protect citizens, or “face more man-made suffering.”

On Tuesday morning, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters about the issue:

“We support the people of Venezuela. We’re sad that they have been starved by Maduro. They’ve been denied food and medicine, and basic humanitarian needs having been met. The United States has gotten supplies there to them. Sometimes those have been obstructed or burned, but we stand with the people of Venezuela and we stand with Juan Guaido. Maduro has to go.”

The State Department said Americans in Venezuela should leave the country immediately or shelter in place. This comes as opposition leader Juan Guaido called for Venezuelans to take the streets in protest against the Maduro regime.

Opponents to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro confront loyalist Bolivarian National Guard troops firing tear gas at them outside La Carlota military airbase in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

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