Juan Guaidó calls for direct line to U.S. military
May 14 2019
Venezuela's pro-government Constituent Assembly has stripped Guaido and eight other opposition legislators of their parliamentary immunity to prosecution following requests by the Supreme Court. "We don't have the option to stay at home waiting, but to keep demanding our rights in the streets".
He and nine other opposition lawmakers have been indicted for treason and conspiracy over backing a failed uprising against Maduro that took place at the end of April. Three other lawmakers have sought refuge in diplomatic facilities in Caracas, while one fled to neighboring Colombia.
The administration of US President Donald Trump, which has recognized a self-proclamation by Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela, quickly backed the attempted putsch. He says any such help should be considered "cooperation", instead of intervention, something he has accused Maduro of allowing in the form of military and intelligence support from allies Cuba and Russian Federation.
Maduro has cracked down on Guaido's supporters since a failed coup attempt on April 30.
That abortive attempt to unseat Maduro, the political heir of the late Hugo Chavez, led to unrest that left six people dead.
"They tell the armed forces that the soldier who betrays his country and joins the gringos, they are going to award him".
Opposition Deputy of the National Assembly Stalin Gonzalez talks to journalists at the Democratic Action political party headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, after National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano was arrested when leaving the headquarters. "(The government) can not dissolve it by persecuting lawmakers", said one protester in Caracas, Alexander Mendoza.
In a statement released this Friday, the Treasury Department also reported that its Office of Foreign Assets Control identified as blocked property of these companies two vessels that transported oil from the South American country to Cuba.
In an interview with Portuguese television aired Saturday, Guaido said a foreign military intervention could only happen when it is the "last option".
"We have instructed our ambassador to meet immediately. with the [US] Southern Command and its admiral to establish a direct relationship", he told a rally in Caracas in support of the opposition-led Congress.