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Venezuela's Guaido calls for more street protests

2019-01-30 16:11
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido is urging new street demonstrations as the international pressure intensifies on President Nicolas Maduro to call free elections. Jillian Kitchener reports. With tension high in Venezuela -- opposition leader and self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido, on Monday called for MORE demonstrations... Urging his supporters to take to the streets on Wednesday… trying to Build on the momentum from last week's mass protests. He's pushing for an amnesty plan that would give some legal protection to members of the military in hopes they will turn against President Nicolas Maduro. ...Who, on Sunday, oversaw a display of his army's latest Russian hardware. Flanked by the Defense Minister, Maduro said THIS showed the world he had the nation's military firmly behind his rule. Also on Sunday, the social leader rejected a European ultimatum to soon call elections. Maduro has ruled over Venezuela since 2013, presiding over the nation's descent into turmoil with food shortages, deadly street protests, the exodus of millions … and inflation forecast to hit 10 million percent this year. But Maduro claims his government is a victim of an economic war led by his political adversaries with the help of Washington. ... which, along with many other foreign governments, describe Maduro's victory in elections last year as a sham. But Maduro says the United States is now promoting a coup against him. With the support of Russia and China -- Maduro's government has yet to be disavowed by the United Nations. A chorus of countries have recently recognized Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader -- as Guaido fights for military support.