Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido launches fresh campaign to oust Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido launched Saturday new phase of his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro. He said to be traveling across the country and call supporters to stay committed to his so-called Operation Freedom pledge.

He said, “Very soon, when we have visited and organized every inch… we will go to Miraflores and reclaim what belongs to the Venezuelan people.”

Meanwhile, United States and several other Western countries have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela and called socialist Maduro to step down.

Maduro has support of China, Russia and several more countries. He blamed US for the recent weeklong power outage in the country saying it was orchestrated and a coup attempt to dethrone him.

The blackout paralyzed Venezuela, which is already suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine supplies.

However, restoration of basic services is still progressing at slower pace. In Maracaibo city the outage led to looting of factories and shops.

In one of the recent rallies his party’s vice president, Diosdado Cabello, said the opposition is threatening to go to Miraflores and this cannot be allowed.

Guaido has also planned protests in capital Caracas to ramp up pressure on Maduro. Until now he mostly focused on mobilizing his supporters in the city.

Paul Linus