Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Watch: US supports Guaido as turmoil engulfs Venezuela

The White House says it is "watching and waiting" on the situation in Venezuela and hoping the result is democracy.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the White House stands with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the U.S. recognizes as the interim president of the country.

 

Guaidó has taken to the streets of Caracas and is calling for a military uprising.

Conway says it's time for socialist leader Nicolás Maduro to go and that the U.S. wants a peaceful transition.

Meanwhile, protesters opposed to U.S. intervention in Venezuelan affairs have been at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington for the past week, making posters and urging the Trump administration to take a hands-off approach to the turmoil in the Latin American dictatorship.

 

Guaido calls for military uprising

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising, in a video shot at a Caracas air base showing him surrounded by soldiers and accompanied by detained activist Leopoldo Lopez.

In video filmed early on Tuesday and posted on his social media channels, Guaido said soldiers who took to the streets would be acting to protect Venezuela's constitution.

"The moment is now," he said, as Lopez, his political mentor, and several armed soldiers looked on.

Lopez has been under house arrest for leading an anti-government push in 2014.

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