CARACAS, March 5. /TASS/. The situation in Caracas remains calm after the return of opposition leader Juan Guaido, TASS reports from the site.
Although upon his arrival in Venezuela on Monday, Guaido urged his allies to once again take to the streets on Tuesday, no rallies are seen at traditional gathering points of the opposition – Avenida Las Mercedes and Altamira neighborhood in the Chacao municipality of Caracas. A next major action is planned for Saturday. It is also calm in central Caracas, in the Libertador municipality, a stronghold of President Nicolas Maduro’s supporters.
The whereabouts of Guaido are unknown. On Tuesday, he will meet with representatives of trade unions, but the venue is not named. It is also unclear where Guaido spent the previous night, however government supporters believe it was the embassy of a Western state.
President Nicolas Maduro has not been seen in public over the recent days either, and has made no statements after the return of Guaido. Later on Tuesday, events in memory of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will take place in the park named after the him, that are usually attended by the head of state.
According to the TASS correspondent, Venezuela has seen Internet interruptions in the past few days, it is impossible to access many news websites, and the speed of the Internet has dropped.
Earlier, Venezuela’s Supreme Court prohibited Guaido from leaving the country, but he managed to escape. On February 22, he arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta, the center of distribution of humanitarian aid. Last week he toured Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador.
On Monday, the Venezuelan opposition leader returned to Venezuela where after two-week-long absence he appeared in front of a crowd of his supporters in Caracas.
Crisis in Venezuela
On January 23, Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas
Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), Australia, Albania, Georgia and Israel, as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him. Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US. On February 4, most of the European Union member states recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president
In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference. The United Nations secretary general, in turn, called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.
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