Venezuelans took to the streets of the country today for a protest to call attention to the humanitarian crisis in the country, and to try to convince civil servants and soldiers to abandon Maduro.

Rachelle Krygier, a journalist with the Washington Post, pointed out that while there appeared to be “less people than in” last week’s January 23 demonstration, the two events were different since today’s only called for people to protest outside of their homes and places of work between noon and 2:00 PM.

In the video below, an enthusiastic protester (likely somewhere in Caracas) shouts that the protesters “will not kneel before anyone or anything”:

The video below shows a group of protesters listening to a speech by National Assembly deputies in the Plaza Francia in Altamira, Caracas:

Below, an image of a demonstration today in Chacao, Caracas:

A row of protesters along a road in Maturin, Monagas state:

Protesters somewhere in Barinas state:

The opposition’s next protest event is planned for this coming Saturday, February 2.

Trump Confirms Call with Guaido

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged in a tweet this afternoon that he had spoken on the telephone with interim president Juan Guaido.

Below, Trump’s tweet:

In a subsequent tweet, Trump said that “the fight for freedom [had] begun” in Venezuela.

Maduro Visits More Soldiers

Maduro visited another group of soldiers today in what is becoming a near-daily routine for the president.

A series of videos posted on Maduro’s Twitter account shows him interacting with soldiers. In the video below, Maduro claps along to a chant that the soldiers are leading:

In the video below, Maduro tells the soldiers about the Venezuelan War of Independence:

The video below shows Maduro and vice president Delcy Rodriguez joined by others as they march in front of a group of soldiers:

Regime Calls for Protests on February 2

The Maduro regime called for its supporters to take to the streets this Saturday, February 2, to mark the 20th anniversary of the swearing in of Hugo Chavez as President of Venezuela.

The announcement came via the vice president of the ruling PSUV party, Diosdado Cabello, who said on his Twitter account:

Saturday February 2, is the anniversary of the first 20 years of the Bolviarian Revolution and I won’t stay at home, we will go to the Bolivar avenue in Caracas, ready for combat and for new victories. In the face of the imperialist attacks, [be] United, Patriots. We will be victorious!

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