An airforce general of Venezuela has publicly declared his support for Juan Guaido, the self-declared interim president of Venezuela. His declaration comes as thousands of opposition supporters stage protests in Caracas.
Today, in a video that circulated on Twitter,of the high command of the country’s air force, said that majority of the members of the armed forces already disavowed Maduro. Maduro claims that he is a victim of a coup that is directed by the United States of America.
He stated: “People of Venezuela, 90 per cent of the armed forces of Venezuela are not with the dictator, they are with the people of Venezuela.”
He added: “Given the happenings of the last few hours, already the transition to democracy is imminent.”
As a response to the video, the high command of the air force accused Yanez of treason on twitter.
The intervention of the general came as thousands of opposition supporters rallied as an expression of their support for Guaido who declared himself the president of the country on the 23rd of January.
In a tweet, Guaido stated: “We are going to send a very clear message in all the municipalities of Venezuela and in each city of the world, we are going to give a demonstration of strength, in a pacific and organized manner.”
Nicolas Maduro, the left-wing President of Venezuela, is also staging a rally today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of the late leader Hugo Chavez as the president of the country in 1999.
Brazil, Australia, Canada, and the United States of America, have already announced that they recognise Guaido as the president of Venezuela.
Maduro is backed by countries such as China, Russia, and Iran.
A string of countries in the European Union are expected to recognise Guaido next week as the deadline for the country to hold new elections expires.
Last week, Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom spoke to Guaido. He described him as a “brave and courageous man.”
Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party who in the past has been a staunch supporter of the left-wing government of Venezuela, posted a tweet to oppose outside interference in the country.
Corbyn tweeted: “The future of Venezuela is a matter for Venezuelans. @Jeremy_Hunt’s call for more sanctions on Venezuela is wrong. We oppose outside interference in Venezuela, whether from the US or anywhere else.
“There needs to be dialogue and a negotiated settlement to overcome the crisis.”