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Venezuela's Guaido calls for new anti-Maduro protests

CARACAS: Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido referred to as Sunday for 2 new protests, in an effort to push the army to show towards leader Nicolas Maduro and back a European ultimatum tough unfastened elections within the week.

In a video posted on Twitter, the pinnacle of the opposition-controlled National Assembly stated the first of the nationwide strikes, on Wednesday from noon to 2:00 pm (1600-1800 GMT), could be one "to demand that the armed forces side with the people."

The 2d, on Saturday, will likely be a "big national and international rally to back the support of the European Union and the ultimatum" from Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands that they'd recognize Guaido as meantime president until Maduro calls elections by February 3.

The EU used to be more imprecise, pronouncing it will take "further actions" if elections weren't referred to as within the coming days, including the issue of recognition of the country's "leadership."

Australia, in the meantime, stated it "recognizes and supports" Guaido as meantime president pending elections. And Italy has referred to as for "a rapid return to democratic legitimacy."

The United States separately warned there could be a "significant response" if US diplomats, Guaido or the opposition-controlled National Assembly were targeted with violence and intimidation.

Maduro so far has now not budged from his position, telling CNN Turk: "No one can give us an ultimatum."

Nearly 30 folks have been killed and greater than 350 arrested in clashes with security forces during the last week.

Encouraged by the international toughen for his motive, Guaido is on a project to weaken the army's toughen of Maduro, which has been crucial to maintaining him in power since 2013.

His appeals have incorporated promises of amnesty, and mass protests to dramatize the depth of fashionable opposition to Maduro, who has presided over a digital cave in of the economy and a serious humanitarian crisis, with shortages of food and medicines.

Supporters circulated copies of amnesty measures authorized by the National Assembly to pals and kin within the military, but some infantrymen burned or ripped up the record.

Venezuela's military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva, switched his toughen to Guaido in a video that referred to as on his brothers in fingers to apply his lead.

Maduro seemed at an army exercise within the state of Carabobo the place he referred to as for "union, discipline and cohesion" to defeat what he referred to as an "attempted coup d'etat."

"Traitors never, loyal always," he exhorted the army target audience. Televised pictures showed tanks covered up in a row and infantrymen firing their weapons.

"Are you coup-backers or are you constitutionalists? Are you pro-imperialist or anti-imperialists?" Maduro asked.

Thus a long way, the army has sponsored the leftist regime, which used to be ushered into power greater than 20 years ago by the past due Hugo Chavez, but there were some indicators of unrest.

Guaido, 35, heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly and declared himself performing president in Caracas on Wednesday all the way through an anti-government rally by tens of hundreds of folks.

He contends that Maduro's reelection to a 2d six-year term used to be fraudulent.

His bid used to be rapidly counseled by Canada, the United States and many Latin American countries.

"Any violence and intimidation against US diplomatic personnel, Venezuela's democratic leader, Juan Guaido, or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response," US National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted, without specifying what kind of response he supposed.

The caution did not cope with explicit groups or folks, but Bolton noted in a linked tweet that Cuba's "support and control over Maduro's security and paramilitary forces" used to be well known.

Washington additionally permitted exiled opposition leader Carlos Vecchio as Venezuela's new fee d'affaires to the United States after he used to be tapped by Guaido.

Pope Francis, winding up a trip to Panama, stated he used to be praying that "a just and peaceful solution is reached to overcome the crisis, respecting human rights."

Maduro has received backing from China, Russia, Syria and Turkey, as well as longtime allies Cuba and Bolivia.

In Washington, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, thought to be a key architect of the United States policy on Venezuela, performed down the opportunity of an army intervention regardless of his and Trump's warnings previous within the week that "all options are on the table."

The Venezuelan leader previous had given US diplomats until past due Saturday to leave the country.

But as the deadline expired, Maduro stated he had begun negotiations to set up inside 30 days an Interests Section in Caracas to maintain a minimum stage of diplomatic contact, similar to the association the United States had with Cuba until their 2015 rapprochement.

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