Growing List Of European Nations Endorse Venezuela Opposition Leader Guaidó

Posted February 06, 2019

Mexico opposes any measures to oust Mr Maduro, who also has the backing of Turkey, Russia and China.

Maduro has blamed the United States for manufacturing a military coup against his country.

After President Nicolas Maduro rejected an ultimatum to call snap presidential elections, Spain, Germany, France and Britain led a run of European countries in individually recognizing the young National Assembly leader on Monday and called on him to organize free and fair polls soon.

They also called on the armed forces "not to impede entry and transit of humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans".

He thanked his European Union supporters "for supporting all Venezuelans in this struggle we undertake to rescue our nation's democracy, freedom and justice".

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Saturday saw rival protests as tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Caracas, some demanding Maduro's resignation and others celebrating 20 years since Maduro's mentor, Hugo Chavez, came to power.

The aid supplies are being stockpiled in Colombia and Brazil and will test the military's loyalty as Maduro orders the packages to be turned back.

"But key Maduro ally Russian Federation slammed what it called interference in the oil-rich but now poor Latin American country, saying it was an attempt to "legitimize usurped power".

"As a country that has an open-arms policy towards Venezuelans, we have received many important figures from the democratic opposition", said Federico Hoyos, Colombia's ambassador to Canada.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has said he "will not go down in history as a traitor" as he vowed to resist Washington's demands to step down. "Venezuela doesn't have to beg to anyone", he said.

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The U.S. has led an global campaign to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Maduro, including the imposition of sanctions on the country's state-owned oil company.

"We need more and more pressure on the top of the army corps, and in the top of the political dictatorship", Viera-Blanco said. The government on January 21 said it suppressed a military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons, kidnapped officers, and demanded Maduro's removal.

But on Monday, Guaido accused Maduro of trying to illicitly transfer up to $1.2 billion from public coffers to a bank in Uruguay, urging the Montevideo government "not to lend itself to stealing. We have to come to buy food because we can not even get cooking oil and eggs in Venezuela".

Sean Kilpatrick/CPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, bottom left, look on as Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido makes brief remarks via video link at the opening session of the 10th ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa on February 4, 2019.

"We condemn the brutality of Maduro regime", Trump added blaming Caracas, and socialism in general, for the economic downfall of the country strangled by United States sanctions.

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