The leader of the Parliament and self-proclaimed president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, called Friday a new mobilization next week and two other activities this weekend against the Government of Nicolás Maduro, which he considers illegitimate.
In his first public appearance since he was awarded the powers of the Executive, Guaidó called to participate this Saturday in popular assemblies in the 335 municipalities to prepare for a “large mobilization” next week, which offered no further details. At the ceremony, held at 11 in the morning (local time, five more hours in mainland Spain), in the municipality of Chacao, in the metropolitan area of Caracas, Guaidó has come among cries of support.
If the authorities of the country came to put him behind bars, he said, it would be a “coup” of the State because, he reiterated, his authority is “legitimate”. “A lot has been rumor about if they are going to put me in jail or not (…) blow would be if they take me, that’s a blow,” he said in response to the head of state, Nicolás Maduro, in a wheel This afternoon he has accused him of being a coup participant.
He has also said that he is willing to “talk” with the Maduro government if it ceases to be “usurping” the Presidency and calls for “free elections.” “Cessation of the usurpation, transitional government and free elections, welcome to speak at any time, that I also extend to the military high command, all officials, however they want, we wait for them in the office of the National Assembly [AN, Parliament] “, he said at once, multitudinous.
“They could put me prisoner today.”
Hours before, he had already assumed that he could be arrested at any moment for arrogance of the executive power claimed by Nicolás Maduro, according to an interview granted this Friday by Instagram to Venezuelan journalist Sergio Novelli.
“In the field of what could happen, they could put me prisoner today, that Venezuela and the world know,” he said. Guaidó already pointed to this possibility on Wednesday, when he proclaimed himself. “This is going to have consequences,” he said, adding: “I do not fear for that, I fear for our people, who are having a bad time.”
Maduro on Thursday asked the public authorities to “act accordingly to support a republican conscience that demands justice.” Both the president of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), Maikel Moreno, and the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, have denounced that Venezuela is being victim of a “coup d’état”.
Guaidó has also warned that consular officials and the Embassy of the United States “who, following the call of the legitimate authority of Venezuela to stay in the country” could be attacked by Chavez agents.
Maduro announced on Wednesday the rupture of relations with the United States and gave his staff 72 hours to leave the country, but Guaidó has asked the diplomatic missions to remain in Venezuela. “We do not rule out anything at all but at this moment the route is very clear, it is to achieve free elections in the shortest possible time,” he ratified.
Guaidó has stressed that the opposition “is not for farces.” “We can have free elections that the world recognizes, that we Venezuelans participate and have guarantees of progress and future,” he said.
More pressure from the EU
Guaidó also asked the European Union on Friday “more pressure” against Maduro and his Government, specifically calling for deepening sanctions against the top leadership. Guaidó asks the European Union for “more pressure” against Maduro. “The EU must increase the pressure and support the Venezuelan democratic cause, which is the Parliament,” he said at the Caracas ceremony.
Guaidó thanked the EU because “the pressure it is exerting is very important”. In this regard, he commented that “ignorance of Maduro is fundamental.” However, he has considered that “the issue of sanctions needs to be deepened” and has clarified that those adopted by the EU and countries such as the United States, Canada or Switzerland against “corrupt officials and violators of Human Rights”.
He has been convinced that the community block will meet their demands:
“I know that (the EU) will be much more forceful in the coming days.”