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Venezuela’s Juan Guaido in video calls for military uprising

/ 06:53 PM April 30, 2019
Venezuela's Guaido in video calls for military uprising

Members of Venezuelan National Assembly holds a sign that reads in Spanish “Freedom” as opposition leader and self proclaimed president Juan Guaido, delivers a speech during a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, April 27, 2019. The Trump administration has added Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to a Treasury Department sanctions target list as it increases pressure on Guaido’s opponent, embattled President Nicolas Maduro. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for a military uprising, in a video shot at a Caracas air base showing him surrounded by soldiers and accompanied by detained activist Leopoldo Lopez.

In the three-minute video shot early Tuesday, Guaido said soldiers who took to the streets would be acting to protect Venezuela’s constitution. He made the comments a day before a planned anti-government rally.

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“The moment is now,” he said, as his political mentor Lopez and several heavily armed soldiers backed by a single armored vehicle looked on.

Lopez has been under house arrest for leading an anti-government push in 2014. /kga

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