Venezuela's Guaido Says He Has Military Support to Take Power. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido went to a military base in the nation’s capital to proclaim the end of socialist President Nicolas Maduro’s regime and called for a military uprising.
Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader long held under house arrest, was freed and accompanied him. Guaido posted a video of the men together on their social networks.
“The definitive cessation of the usurpation began today,” Guaido said on the video. “Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the constitution have come to our call.”
US Senator Marco Rubio called for Venezuela’s military to back Guaido and saying on Twitter that “this is the moment for those military officers to fulfill their constitutional oath.”
Residents of Caracas blew whistles out their windows early morning and yelled “coup.” U.S.
Venezuela is "confronting and deactivating a small group of military traitors" who positioned themselves "to promote a coup d’etat against the constitution and the peace of the Republic," Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter. He called on citizens to resist them.