Mass Rallies in Venezuela as Opposing Sides Up the Pressure

By Denis Duettmann (dpa)

Out interventionists!  Respect the peoples’ right to self annihilation!  Cartoon: Manuel Guillen / laprensa.com.ni

HAVANA TIMES – For weeks now, Juan Guaido has fought a fierce battle for power with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro; now the self-proclaimed interim president wants to increase the pressure with major demonstrations all over the country.

“Hard days are coming. The regime will try to split us,” said Guaido at a rally on Saturday in Caracas. “In this fight, it is fundamental that we continue to take to the streets.”

Venezuelan security forces had previously tried to halt the protesters on the Avenida Victoria in the center of the capital, with rapid reaction police also blocking streets and not letting the demonstrators pass, as television footage showed.

“We live in a dictatorship; we want democracy,” a protester said on the Venezuelan broadcaster TVV.

According to media reports, the officers also used some pepper spray.

Guaido declared himself interim president on January 23 and challenged President Maduro.

The re-election of the socialist leader last year did not conform to democratic norms, according to Guaido.

Germany, the United States, numerous EU countries and many Latin American countries have already recognized Guaido as the rightful transitional president.

Head of state Maduro drummed up support among his followers.

“Today we are – more than ever before – anti-imperialists,” he tweeted. “We will never give up.”

His supporters marched through the center of the city to the presidential palace of Miraflores.

“We are a people who resist. That is why we will leave the difficulties behind,” Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said at the rally.

The president of the pro-government Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, pointed to the cohesion between the people and the armed forces. “This unit is getting stronger every day,” he said.

However, many Venezuelans are suffering under the catastrophic supply situation in the once rich country.

For lack of foreign currency, the world’s most oil-rich country can barely import food, medicines and everyday necessities for the needy.

Many people are starving, while over 3 million Venezuelans have already left their homeland.

Recently, a massive power outage largely paralysed the country. The government blamed a US-sponsored cyber attack on the main power station. The opposition, on the other hand, spoke of sloppiness, corruption and mismanagement.

“People are dying,” an angry demonstrator shouted at the officials at the demonstration on Saturday. “We are here because we are losing patience. Our food is rotting.”

Shorter power cuts are commonplace in Venezuela, but an outage lasting several days is unusual in the troubled country.

Because many hospitals were cut off from electricity, 79 people died, according to the opposition. The government has rejected this claim.

On Saturday there were already reports of a renewed power failure.

Although many people are dissatisfied with the situation in Venezuela and Guaido can count on broad international support, he does not have a strong enough power position to force a change of government.

And although Maduro is increasingly becoming an outsider on the world stage, at home he can continue to count on the support of the powerful military.

While Guaido recently travelled through the region to promote support for his counter-government, he now wants to increase the pressure on the streets again with new demonstrations. He announced plans to bring people from all over Venezuela to Caracas for further mass demonstrations.

The anger of many Venezuelans over the power outages could work in his favor. “For the darkness, the hunger and the misery to end, the unlawful seizure of power must cease,” he said at Saturday’s rally.



5 thoughts on “Mass Rallies in Venezuela as Opposing Sides Up the Pressure

  • what kind of press are you- that you keep repeating the propaganda of the imperialists, YOU KNOW that trump and company are trying to overthrow a duly elected democratic government. you know that any clown who can stand on a soapbox and proclaim himself president of any country is a laughable nut, but you seem to support this madness. You have even heard the imperialists openly declare that they are after the control of Venezuela’s oil and other natural resources and yet you give credence the amerikkkan media claims. What kind of a so called Cuban news outlet are you? fucking gusano traitors!!!!!!!

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    • Thanks Raul for all the compliments.

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    • You sound soooooo trasnochado. Imperialism? Lol. Maduro should GO!

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  • The dictatorship of Maduro is doomed he’s an incompetent buffoon with Cuban bodyguards.

    He has zero chance in a real election the country is ruined.

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  • Another leader who stands by while his people starve and die for lack of medications Maduro and Assad the Same and both supported by guess who YEAH YOU GOT IT
    If Maduro is so sure of his office why would he object to a re election one that is monitored by UN press

    Answer is obvious Democracy does not live in Venezuela

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