In a power struggle, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fought the members of the armed forces and oversees the display of military hardware by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who challenges his leadership, calling for a new round of street protests. 19659002] Maduro confronts an unprecedented challenge to his authority after Guaido on Wednesday declared himself provisional president before he hailed supporters in the capital Caracas with reference to a fraudulent election last year.
In a live broadcast on Sunday, Guaido urged all Venezuelans to take the streets in peaceful protest at noon at noon. 16:30 GMT to demand humanitarian aid allowed in the country in the midst of an economic and political crisis that has made millions flee in recent years, according to the United Nations.
The 35-year-old leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly also urged people from all over Venezuela and from around the world to hold mass demonstrations on Saturday to coincide with an EU ultimatum for fresh elections, which has been rejected by Maduro.
|Guaido called for a peaceful strike Wednesday [Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]|
At the same time, Maduro was flanked by his top brass – watched military exercises in a screen he said showed the world that he had the support of the armed forces who was ready to defend the country.
Addressing soldiers in a look at state television Maduro asked if they plotted with the "imperial" United States, which he accused of blatantly bringing a coup against him.
"No, my commander," they shouted together and Maduro replied, "We are ready to defend our homeland – anyway."
By tanning, Maduro saw a soldier's plate released. floats, rocket-driven grenades, machine-gun fires and tank rounds at Fort Paramacay, an armored vehicle.
"No one respects the weak, liars, traitors. In this world, what is respected is the brave, brave power," Maduro said.
"No one should even think of stepping on this sacred land. Venezuela wants peace," he said. "To ensure peace, we must be prepared."
From February 10-15, the military is planning major exercises, as Maduro described as "most important in Venezuela's history".
He condemned an alleged conspiracy for the purpose of spreading rebellion in the army and said that thousands of messages were sent to soldiers every day over WhatsApp and other social media platforms from neighboring Colombia. He later jogged with soldiers and boarded an amphibious vehicle on a Navy base.
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Meanwhile, Guaido also sent a message to the military on Sunday and asked for support and ordered it not to suppress civilians during an event where supporters handed copies of a proposed human amnesty accused of crimes in the Maduro government.
"I do not order you to shoot," he said. "I commit you not to oppress the people."
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Madur o started another period on January 10 after a big boycott election last year, that many foreign governments were described as a shame.
On Sunday, Israel and Australia joined the countries that supported Guaido, while in Washington President Donald Trump's administration said it had accepted opposition figure Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the country's diplomatic representative in the United States.
On a UN Security Council debate last Saturday, Russia and China strongly supported Maduro and rejected calls from the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe for powers of early elections.
Both Russia and China are major creditors in Venezuela. Since the government of Maduro late mentor Hugo Chavez, the OPEC country has invested heavily in Russian weapons, including Sukhoi fighters and heavy armor.
The strategic alliance was in evidence for last year when two Russian nuclear weapons bombers landed in Venezuela. Reuters news agency reported on Friday that private military contractors performing secret missions to Russia flew in Venezuela to increase security for Maduro.
In an interview sent on Sunday, Maduro rejected a European ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said Guaido violated the constitution by declaring himself a temporary leader. He said European nations should leave Venezuela if they wanted it.
"Fortunately, we are not dependent on Europe. And the arrogant, indulgent attitudes, look down on us because we are" sudakas ", inferior to them" He told CNN Turk.
"Europe's leaders are sycophants, kneeling behind Donald Trump's policy," he said, adding that he was open to dialogue and that meeting Trump was unlikely, but not impossible.
Washington urged the world on Saturday to "pick a page" on Venezuela and financially disconnect from Maduras government.
The Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his support for Maduro in a phone call Thursday