Rival rallies begin in tense Venezuela as air force general defects

Rival rallies begin in tense Venezuela as air force general defects

Pro-Maduro demonstrators took to the streets on the western side of Caracas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bolivarian revolution that led to the rise of socialist Hugo Chavez, Maduro's deceased predecessor.

In a video circulating on Twitter on Saturday, General Francisco Yanez of the air force's high command, said most of the armed forces already disavowed Maduro, who claims he is victim of a coup directed by the United States.

Maduro's adversaries say he has run roughshod over democratic institutions, including the opposition-run congress, and destroyed the once-buoyant economy through a corruption-riddled exchange control system and arbitrary nationalizations.

"We will never lend ourselves to false dialogues in any place", he said, adding that protests will continue throughout the country.

European Parliament lawmakers recognized Guaido on Thursday as the acting head of state. The regional bloc has not yet defined its position on the crisis amid differing opinions among members, though several nations have said they will recognize Guaido if Maduro doesn't announce a new election by week's end.

Mr Guaido declared himself interim president last week before tens of thousands of cheering supporters and vowed to topple Mr Maduro's administration, which he labelled a "dictatorship". "They have mocked the Venezuelan people to their face".

"Chavez is the love of my life" she said, referring to the late Venezuelan president.

Maduro visited China in September, striking energy and gold mining deals as he sought Beijing's support for his crisis-hit nation.

"Maduro's tyranny must end and must end now", US Vice President Mike Pence told a rally of exiled Venezuelans in Miami on the eve of the protest.

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On Saturday, Maduro said he was willing to sit down for talks with the opposition in an effort to promote national "harmony".

This comes as Reuters is reporting the Maduro government plans to sell gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates for cash, as new sanctions from the USA threaten to further cripple the country's economy.

Venezuela is now dealing with a hyperinflation crisis and the mass migration of its citizens to neighbouring Latin American countries.

Pursuant to the request of Interim President Juan Guaido, and in consultation with his officials the United States will mobilize and transport humanitarian aid_medicine, surgical supplies, and nutritional supplements for the people of Venezuela.

"Power is evaporating from Maduro's hands with the passing of the hours", Sucre said.

On Saturday morning, streams of marchers walked from middle-class and poor neighborhoods to gather at points across the capital of Caracas for a demonstration to demand Maduro's resignation and a transitional government that will hold new elections in the South American country.

The 56-year-old was re-elected last May in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union and Organization of American States (OAS).

Guaido later appeared at his building with his wife and daughter, saying "they will not intimidate this family".

"Together with other responsible members of the world community, we will do everything to support the legal government of President Maduro in standing up for the Venezuelan Constitution", Lavrov said, also accusing the U.S.

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