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Guaido gamble comes up short as army sticks with Maduro

Caracas, Apr 30 (efe-epa).- A gamble on Tuesday by Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-declared president, Juan Guaido, to incite the country’s army to turn its back on embattled president Nicolas Maduro appears to have failed.

Venezuelans awoke early Tuesday morning to a video message from Guaido, in which he stood alongside several uniformed soldiers, calling on the country and the military to join the fight and demand Maduro step down from power.

“The army has taken the first step. To all who are listening: now is the moment, the moment is here, not only of calm but of courage and sanity to restore calm to Venezuela”, said Guaido, who was joined by the leader of his party, Leopoldo Lopez, who had been freed from house arrest in order to join the rally.

Lopez and Guaido then headed to a highway bridge near La Carlota airbase in eastern Caracas, where they were joined by defecting members of the military, journalists and protesters.

But Guaido’s call to the army fell on deaf ears, with the majority of military personnel remaining loyal to Maduro; thousands of supporters also gathered outside the presidential Miraflores palace to show their support for the Chavista president.

Late on Tuesday night, Maduro made a speech that was broadcast on public television, denouncing the coup which he said was backed by the "Colombian oligarchy and US imperialism".

He denied claims by United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who said Maduro had intended to flee Venezuela and seek refuge in Cuba.

Maduro also took the opportunity to issue a rallying cry to the country's military and security forces.

"I call on the Bolivarian National Armed Forces to unite once more, (...) and to go forward with the slogan 'Always Loyal, Never Traitors!'", Maduro said.

An EFE reporter witnessed clashes between soldiers loyal to Maduro and a group of civil servants who back Guaido’s movement near La Carlota air base.

The defence minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, dismissed Guaido’s gamble, whom he accused of a coup attempt, while claiming “normality” reigned across the country’s military barracks.

“We will stand firm in our defence of the constitutional order and the peace of the republic, as we backed by the law, reason and history”, Lopez said.

Venezuela’s second highest ranking official, Diosdado Cabello, said “the coup-plotters are completely defeated, fleeing to embassies, hidden, nobody showing his face, only imperialism is going around looking for excuses. We will prevail!"

Despite failing to secure the army’s support, Guiado was able to rally thousands of residents of the capital city, Caracas, who gathered in the opposition stronghold of Chacao, where clashes between the demonstrators and security forces were reported.

Officials with Green Cross International said that at least 69 people were injured throughout the day.

NGO Provea said that a 24-year-old man had died in clashes in the central state of Aragua.

Late on Tuesday, Guaido made a second call to Venezuelans to continue the protests, which he has called “Operation Freedom”, into Wednesday.

“Maduro does not have the backing or the respect of the Armed Forces or the Venezuelan people because he does not protect anyone, does not offer results, and does not offer solutions”, said Guaido, who declared himself interim president on Jan. 23 in a direct challenge to leftist leader Maduro's authority and has since won the backing of dozens of nations, including the United States and most of the European Union.

In recent years, the oil-rich nation has been racked by widespread protests amid a crumbling economy and hyperinflation.

The opposition leader, who is head of the National Assembly, sees himself as a defender of the Venezuelan Constitution, which he said Maduro flouted in 2017 when he staged elections to seat a parallel legislature, which has gained little international recognition and was boycotted by the opposition.

“We have the opportunity to march towards progress in Venezuela; it is a historic day for the country”, Guaido said.

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Venezuelan gov't touts defeat of Guaido-led uprising

Caracas, Apr 30 (efe-epa).- The uprising launched by National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido, recognized as Venezuela's interim president by more than 50 countries, has collapsed, the No. 2 official in President Nicolas Maduro's leftist PSUV party said Tuesday.

"Can it be possible that the media of the right are beginning to tell their people that they failed again? At this time, the coup-plotters are completely defeated, fleeing to embassies, hidden, nobody showing his face, only imperialism is going around looking for excuses. We will prevail!" Diosdado Cabello said on Twitter.

Early Tuesday, a group of armed men taking orders from Guaido freed another opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, from house arrest and the pair called on soldiers and civilians to launch a final push to bring down the Maduro administration.

Lopez and Guaido then headed to a highway bridge near La Carlota airbase in eastern Caracas, where they were joined by defecting members of the military, journalists and protesters.

Guaido, surrounded by members of the Bolivarian National Guard, the national militarized police, posted a video on social media in which he urged civilians and the armed forces to join in what he called the final phase of "Operation Freedom."

But later, Guaido abandoned the military base to gather with supporters at the opposition bastion of Altamira, in the eastern part of the capital, while the Chilean government announced the Lopez entered its embassy in Caracas as a guest.

In addition, the Brazilian government reported that some 25 soldiers asked for refuge in its embassy in Venezuela.

EFE was able to verify that roughly 500 soldiers are keeping the communication routes between east Caracas and the rest of the city closed, while uniformed motorcyclists are surrounding the areas where the opposition supporters are continuing to demonstrate.

Near the opposition demonstration several shots were heard and Guaido partisans denounced the presence of armed civilian pro-government groups, known as "collectives."

EFE was also able to confirm that a woman was wounded by gunfire in the abdomen and taken to a local hospital, although there still has been no official report about her condition.

Authorities in opposition-controlled districts in east Caracas said that at least 69 people were hurt.

Meanwhile, in the western part of the Venezuelan capital there were no disturbances and thousands of Maduro government sympathizers gathered near the Miraflores presidential palace.

Guaido declared himself interim president on Jan. 23 in a direct challenge to leftist leader Maduro's authority and has since won the backing of dozens of nations, including the United States and most of the European Union.

In recent years, the oil-rich nation has been racked by widespread protests amid a crumbling economy and hyperinflation.

The opposition leader, who is head of the National Assembly, sees himself as a defender of the Venezuelan Constitution, which he said Maduro flouted in 2017 when he staged elections to seat a parallel legislature, which has gained little international recognition and was boycotted by the opposition.

President Donald Trump expressed the support of the US government for Guaido against the Maduro government.

"I am monitoring the situation in Venezuela very closely. The United States stands with the People of Venezuela and their Freedom!" Trump said on Twitter.

Hours later, when the uprising fizzled, Trump tweeted again to threaten Venezuela's ally Cuba with tougher sanctions if Havana did not end its support for Maduro.

"If Cuban Troops and Militia do not immediately CEASE military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the Constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete ... embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba. Hopefully, all Cuban soldiers will promptly and peacefully return to their island!" wrote Trump in a pair of tweets.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN that Maduro had been planning to step down and flee to Cuba until he was dissuaded by Russia.

"We've watched throughout the day, it's been a long time since anyone's seen Maduro," Pompeo said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay."

"He was headed for Havana," Pompeo said, offering no corroboration of the claim.

In reaction to the events in Venezuela from around the world, the United Kingdom urged a "peaceful resolution" of the crisis and an end to the Maduro government. The French presidency "is closely following the situation" in Venezuela" and "supports the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people," sources at the Elysee Palace said.

The Spanish government expressed its hope that "no blood will be shed" in Venezuela and repeated its support for a "peaceful democratic process" in the oil-rich nation, with government spokesperson Isabel Celaa telling a press conference that "immediate elections" are the answer.

Colombian President Ivan Duque asked Venezuelans to unite in the "search for freedom" and to oust Maduro in the process.

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said "the spirit of freedom that inspires Venezuelans at this time has the support of Argentines, who wish to see democracy returned to our sister republic."

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera repeated the support of his government for Guaido.

"The Maduro dictatorship must be terminated by the peaceful strength and according to the Constitution of the Venezuelan people. That will bring back their freedoms, democracy and human rights," the Chilean president said.

The Peruvian government "fully" supports Guaido, "in his struggle to restore democracy to Venezuela," its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

On the other hand, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced Guaido's actions.

"We reject the coup movement that aims to fill that country with violence. The traitors have placed themselves at the head of this subversive movement, they have stationed troops and police bearing weapons of war on a public thoroughfare in the city to spread anxiety and terror #WeAreCuba," the Cuban leader said on Twitter.

In Mexico, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose government continues to recognize Maduro, renewed his appeal for a "peaceful solution" to the crisis in Venezuela.

"Our position is very clear. We want there to be dialogue, respect for human rights, for people in all the countries of the world not to opt for violence, because respect for the rights of others is peace," the president said during his daily morning press conference.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, slammed what he called an "attempted coup" in Venezuela and criticized what he said was the intention to impose a "postmodern colonial governor" on the Caribbean country.

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