Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said Saturday he has instructed his representative in the US to open "direct communication" with the US military. According to the AP, Guido asked Carlos Vecchio, who the US recognises as Venezuela’s ambassador, for the communication on possible military “coordination.”
Rumours for a coup attempt and expectations for a military uprising to oust President Nicola Maduro were involved in the confused picture of Venezuela's crisis this week. Opposition leader Juan Guaido urged demonstrators to fill the streets for the final phase of so-called Operation Freedom.
Venezuelan lawmakers loyal to President Nicolas Maduro stripped opposition leader Juan Guaido of immunity Tuesday - and authorised the high court to criminally prosecute him for proclaiming himself the crisis-hit country's ruler.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has returned to his country without being arrested, while announcing a new round of anti-government protests and vowing not to give up until President Nicolas Maduro is ousted from power.
The European Union on Monday urged countries to avoid any military intervention in Venezuela, news wires reported."We must avoid a military intervention," Maja Kocijancic, the spokeswoman for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, told reporters.
Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro has announced he had cut diplomatic ties with Colombia amid escalating tension over an opposition-led effort to bring foreign aid across the countries' mutual border. In a statement on Saturday, said that in line with his decision all Colombian diplomats had been ordered to leave Venezuela within the next 24 hours.
At least two people have died and 17 were injured Friday near the Brazil-Venezuela border in a standoff between a local indigenous community and the Venezuelan military over deliveries of humanitarian aid, local authorities report. Yet, opposition-led volunteers are continuing their efforts to get the first delivery into Venezuela on Saturday, despite the army blocking them.
Venezuela denied a group of European Parliament deputies entry into the country on Sunday, arguing they had 'conspiratorial motives' for flying to Caracas in the throes of a political crisis. According to a statement from the group, which consisted of members of the conservative European People's Party (PPE), all of their passports had been "seized" and they were being "expelled" in a rude matter without any explanation given.
As many people continue to suffer from the severe socio-economic crisis in Venezuela, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday that it has allocated additional humanitarian assistance of €5m to help those most in need in the country. The amount is in addition to the humanitarian assistance totalling €34m for the crisis in 2018 alone.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro rejected Sunday the ultimatum by EU Member States to call snap elections after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the Latin American country's legitimate leader. France, Germany and Spain had given Maduro until midnight on Sunday to call a presidential election, or they would recognise Guaido as the interim president. But a defiant Maduro said in an interview with Spanish television station Sexta that he would not "cave in to pressure" from those calling for his departure.