US President Donald Trump spoke with Venezuela’s self-declared interim President Juan Guaido to “praise him on his historic assumption of the presidency” and termed the fresh wave of protests in the country as a “fight for freedom”.
Trump took to his twitter and said, “Spoke today with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido to congratulate him on his historic suspicion of the presidency and reinforced strong United States support for Venezuela’s fight to regain its democracy….”
“….Large protests all across Venezuela today against Maduro. The fight for freedom has begun!” read another tweet.
The protests take place in the wake of Venezuela’s Supreme Court freezing Guido’s bank accounts and establishing a travel ban on him. The country’s attorney general also revealed that the opposition leader was under investigation.
Guaido called for Venezuelans to collect on the streets for two hours in the first mass mobilization since last week’s protests.
The UN human rights office also stated that security forces in Venezuela apprehended over 700 people in a specific day of the protests last week, which was the largest tally in the country for the past 20 years.
As per reports, Over 40 people were killed during the mass protests.
Venezuela has been trying to overcome a political crisis amid the enemy’s refusal to recognize last year’s re-election of President Nicolas Maduro. On January 22 the opposition-controlled National Assembly announced the president a usurper, with Guaido proclaiming himself Venezuela’s interim president the next day.
Maduro has also called Guido a US puppet and has accused Washington of devising a coup in Venezuela. The beleaguered leader has also denounced the US of ordering his assassination.
Several countries, including the US and some of its associates, have recognized Guaido as the acting Venezuelan president, while China and Russia among others have claimed their support for Maduro as the legitimately elected head of state.