Speaking from an event in the city of San Felipe in Yaracuy state, Juan Guaido called on Venezuelans to take to the streets of the country in protest against the Maduro government on July 5 of this year. On the purpose of the protests, Guaido said:
There’s only one objective: to agitate all of Venezuela, and to take to the streets and demand our rights.
Today, this country is no longer polarized (…) The whole country is united in the idea of change, of transforming Venezuela.
July 5th is celebrated is a holiday in Venezuela, since it is the day that the declaration of independence was signed in Caracas on 1811.
Guaido Speaks on Bachelet’s Visit
Juan Guaido spoke yesterday about the visit to Venezuela by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, which concluded yesterday. Bachelet ended her trip to Venezuela with a statement in which she spoke on the human rights abuses perpetrated by the Maduro regime, and called for all political prisoners to be released.
Guaido–who meet with Bachelet in person yesterday–the High Commissioner is was very concerned about the human rights situation in the country. Guaido also said that he spoke to Bachelet about the torture that political prisoners are subjected to in regime jails, as well as the activities of pro-government civilian armed groups during protests.
On what Bachelet’s visit means to the country, Guaido said:
I think that Bachelet’s visit speaks to the importance of the situation in Venezuela. [The visit] is the implicit and explicit recognition of the humanitarian emergency that Venezuela is living through. [Venezuela] is on the edge of a catastrophe without precedent in the hemisphere.
Guaido also explained that Bachelet left behind two staffers, whose job will be to follow-up on the human rights situation in the country.
At the rally in San Felipe today, Guaido also said:
The diagnosis isn’t enough. We want solutions. We are looking for a way out of this tragedy. It would be a mistake to see Bachelet’s visit as a solution.
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