‘Operation Freedom’ Against Maduro to Claim the Venezuelan Presidency… Guaidó Leads… developing

  • Gunfire and violence broke out after Venezuelan opposition leader and interim president Juan Guaidó declared the final stage in ousting President Nicolás Maduro by requesting that protesters take to the streets in what he called “Operation Freedom.”
  • Guaidó arrived at a Caracas air base Tuesday morning with men in military gear and several armored vehicles to announce: “This is the moment, the moment is now. Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men devoted to the constitution have taken up our call.”
  • Thousands took to the streets where Guaidó supporters clashed with troops who back Maduro.
  • Meanwhile, Guaidó has requested that the military support his presidential claim.
  • Reports are circulating that Maduro has halted public transit, as well as blocked news outlets to squash the coup attempt.
  • The U.S. and several other countries have thrown support behind Guaidó as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: Gunfire in the Venezuelan streets may signal opposition victory READ
  • The Jerusalem Post: Gunfire in Venezuela: Guaido Says Military Units Back Him Over Maduro READ
  • Insider: Regime military vehicles appear to run over opposition protestors trying to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro READ

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