Venezuela’s Guaido rallies citizens for massive May Day march against Maduro

Venezuela’s Guaido rallies citizens for massive May Day march against Maduro

Venezuela’s Guaido rallies citizens for massive May Day march against Maduro

Written by Reuters

20 Apr, 2019 | 2:23 pm

Reuters: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido rallied thousands in Caracas on Friday (April 19), calling on citizens across the country for a massive May Day march against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelans, already suffering from hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine, have seen chronic power outages in vast swaths of territory in recent months.

Guaido, head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly and recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state by most Western nations, has called for a large showing for the May Day march to express widespread discontent and to demand elections.

Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, denouncing Maduro as a “usurper” after he began a second term following a 2018 national election widely considered fraudulent.

Maduro, who retains the support of the military and allies including Russia and China, has derided Guaido as a U.S. puppet and said he will face justice.

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