There appears to be a coup attempt underway in Venezuela right now, as US backed interim president Juan Guaido has called on the country to get behind him and overthrow Maduro. Rival factions of the military are fighting in the streets as Maduro tries to put down this coup attempt.
TIMES OF ISRAEL – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has taken to the streets with detained activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers in a military uprising.
“This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”
Lopez said he has been freed by the military.
Moments earlier, Guaidó appeared in an early morning video shot next to a Caracas air base surrounded by several heavily armed soldiers backed by a few armored vehicles
Guaido said soldiers who had taken to the streets were protecting Venezuela’s constitution. He made the comments a day before a planned anti-government rally.
“The moment is now,” he said.
Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that Nicolas Maduro’s government is confronting a small “coup attempt” led by military “traitors” backed by right-wing opponents.
Tear gas was fired at a highway overpass near the Caracas air base where Guaidó and several heavily armed soldiers with blue bands wrapped around their forearms had been standing guard.
The tear gas appeared to have been fired from inside the Carlota air base.
Trump has been briefed on what is going on in Venezuela.
Secretary Pompeo has released the following tweet backing Guaido and the Venezuelan people:
Today interim President Juan Guaido announced start of Operación Libertad. The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy. Democracy cannot be defeated. #EstamosUnidosVE
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 30, 2019
This is probably going to go on for a while but hopefully the people will prevail and Maduro will fall.
Since Marco Rubio is keeping a closer eye on this than most, I’m posting his timeline in here to keep you apprised if what is going on: