Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s supporters have taken the streets in Caracas in large numbers, calling for President Nicolas Maduro to step down, as did his Bolivian counterpart, AFP reported on Saturday, November 16th.
Guaido, tweeted with an image depicting protesters across the country, saying "Today is a great victory for Venezuela," while speaking to his backers at Jose Marti Square, as crowds were demonstrating and carrying national flags and banners with slogans like "Maduro out" and "Follow Bolivia's example."
"We have come today with very high expectations; we don't want this to be just another march," said Omar Kienzler, a 19-year-old law student.
Meanwhile, Rafael Castillo, 65, chanted, "Evo is gone, Maduro is going -- Venezuela shouts, we want freedom!" Other places in Caracas and elsewhere have witnessed protests unfolding without incident. However, Madura supporters have taken to elsewhere in the capital.
The crisis-wracked country has witnessed the rallying of some 5,000 people marching in Caracas, the biggest since last May following a failed uprising by Guaido.
This comes as the country continues to suffer under deteriorating economic conditions, with inflation soaring. The oil-rich country’s economy has been subjected to a plunge under US sanctions that include an embargo on crude, according to AFP.
On Friday, November 15th, Guaido's party headquarters in the eastern part of Caracas was ravaged by the army taking security cameras, computers, money, and ID documents.
Interim Bolivian leader Jeanine Anez called on Guaido to "liberate" Venezuela on Saturday, November 16th.
"It's unfair that you have suffered through so much violence and repression," she said in a video message broadcast live on national television.
Guaido is recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state by the United States, the European Union, and others, while Maduro is backed by countries including Russia, China, and Cuba, Reuters reported.