Interim president Juan Guaido spoke at an event today at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), where he told students that there will be “great assemblies” all across the country this weekend in support of an international effort to bring humanitarian aid into the country.
Tomorrow’s demonstration is scheduled to take place at 10:00 AM. presumably in cities around Venezuela. He said:
We will continue to be on the streets Saturday, tomorrow, and Sunday. We will have great assemblies across the entire country so that if they keep trying to block our path, to put up obstacles [on the] lives of Venezuelans, then we will all go open up the humanitarian channel.
Guaido also said that soldiers who blocked humanitarian aid from entering the country would be committing “crimes against humanity”, and called on them to allow the aid to enter Venezuela.
Guaido called on Venezuelans to take to the streets in protest on February 12, which is celebrated as Youth Day in Venezuela. Guaido said:
On February 12, all of Venezuela [will] return to the streets, in every corner to demand an end to [Maduro’s] usurpation and to [demand] the entry of humanitarian aid.
Reuters: US “in Direct Contact” with Venezuelan Officers
Reuters published an article today in which it claimed that the United States is holding “direct communications with members” of the Venezuelan army, and “urging them to abandon” Maduro.
Reuters cited “a senior White House official” as the source of the information.
The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro’s side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries.
“We believe these to be those first couple pebbles before we start really seeing bigger rocks rolling down the hill,” the official said this week, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’re still having conversations with members of the former Maduro regime, with military members, although those conversations are very, very limited.”
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