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03 Mar 2020 | 11:28 PM UTC

Venezuela: Opposition leader calls for protest in Caracas March 10 /update 8

Juan Guaidó is calling for supporters to rally in Caracas on March 10; heightened security measures and localized disruptions expected

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Event

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó is calling for another rally in the capital, Caracas, on Tuesday, March 10, to protest President Nicolás Maduro’s administration. He has asked his supporters to gather outside the National Assembly building to call for a transitional government and free and fair elections. A heightened security presence as well as transportation and business disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the Assembly. Violent clashes between protesters and security forces are possible.

Clashes broke out between rival political supporters during another rally organized by Guaidó on Saturday, February 29, in Barquisimeto. According to media reports, a group of pro-Maduro vigilantes harassed demonstrators and fired live ammunition into the air. Opposition leaders claim a 16-year-old was shot in the leg during the clashes.

Context

Venezuela is in the midst of a political crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10, 2019, following 2018's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments - including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others - have since recognized Guaidó as the interim head of state.

Advice

Individuals in Venezuela, and in Caracas in particular, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.