Guaido says Maduro does not have the support of the armed forces

12:00, Wednesday, 01 May, 2019
Guaido says Maduro does not have the support of the armed forces

Opposition leader Juan Guaido said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro does not have the support of the country's armed forces, despite the fact that Maduro took to the airwaves Tuesday night to say the military stands behind him, CNN reports.

Guaido's said in his message, which aired on Venezuelan television shortly before Maduro's, that the President "does not have the support nor the respect of the armed forces” and urged people to take to the streets again Wednesday, which is international labor day -- a holiday marked by protests in many parts of the world.

President Nicolás Maduro, whom the opposition leader is trying to unseat, remains defiant despite the protests.

In a television address he described Mr Guaidó's supporters as a "small group" whose plan had failed.

Senior US officials also claimed three prominent figures in Mr Maduro's government had agreed the president had to go, but later backtracked.

Tuesday marked the most violent episode of the Venezuelan political crisis this year. Venezuelan heath officials said 69 people were injured in the clashes, including two with bullet wounds.

Broadcasts from a number of news agencies, including the BBC and CNN, were apparently suspended amid the violence.

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