Venezuela: Soldiers Free Leopoldo López, Guaido Declares Military Removal of Socialists

Breitbart | 5/1/2019 | Staff
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Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó announced early Tuesday morning that he had finally secured the backing of the nation’s armed forces, who would proceed to remove dictator Nicolás Maduro and allow Guaidó to exercise the powers of his office.

Guaidó appeared in images on Twitter alongside Leopoldo López, the head of his socialist Popular Will party, at the La Carlota Airbase, where he claimed the soldiers had agreed to his status as legitimate commander-in-chief. López has been under house arrest since being accused of “terrorism” for organizing peaceful protests against dictator Nicolás Maduro in 2014.

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“People of Venezuela, a very good morning, as you know our struggle has always been couched in the constitution, in non-violent struggle, in working for our neighbors, in saving lives, in working for the most vulnerable,” Guaidó said on Twitter. “When the international community amply supported Venezuela, we will be with the people.”

“We make a plea to government employees … our brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the constitution, have heeded our call today,” he declared.

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Guaidó requested that Venezuelans flood the streets to take over. He had planned a thousands-strong rally for May 1, typically a holiday to celebrate Marxism, but, he said in his message, “May 1st has arrived today.”

Guaidó declared that the military had joined “Operation Liberty,” his name for the plan, led by the nation’s legislature, to remove Maduro.

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“People of Venezuela, it is necessary that we go out to the street today, to back democratic forces and recover our freedom,” Guaidó announced. “Organized and together, move to the [country’s] main military units. People of Caracas, come to La Carlota.”

Also on Twitter, López confirmed that soldiers had secured his release from house arrest, defying Maduro’s authority.

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“Venezuela: the definitive phase for the end of the usurpation is over, Operation Liberty,” López wrote. “I have been...
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