The Associated Press reports:
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido [photo] has taken to the streets with detained activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers in a military uprising.
“This is the moment of all Venezuelans, those in uniform and those who aren’t,” said Lopez in his first public appearance since being detained in 2014 for leading anti-government protests. “Everyone should come to the streets, in peace.”
Lopez said he has been freed by the military. Moments earlier, Guaidó appeared in an early morning video shot next to a Caracas air base surrounded by several heavily armed soldiers backed by a few armored vehicles
It is time for every branch of govt including TSJ to help restore constitutional order.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 30, 2019
The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for protests and for support from the military, a direct challenge to the government that the security forces have so far protected https://t.co/2Qo3I8JIhX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 30, 2019
— TVVenezuela Noticias (@TVVnoticias) April 30, 2019
Coup attempt underway in Venezuela. Some military have joined opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Leopoldo Lopez was freed. They are calling to oust Maduro imminently. Maduro’s government confirms coup attempt and calls supporters to streets. Dangerous moment for Venezuela.
— Eva Golinger (@evagolinger) April 30, 2019
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido went to a military base in the nation’s capital and called for a military uprising https://t.co/tjAwixfD3F
— Bloomberg (@business) April 30, 2019
Today, will be an important day in the history of the #Venezuela.
Military leaders have a choice: support the rightful President, @jguaido and freedom & democracy for the people or stand with @NicolasMaduro, whose evil reign is about to be left on the ash heap of history.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) April 30, 2019
Pueblo de Venezuela inició el fin de la usurpación. En este momento me encuentro con las principales unidades militares de nuestra Fuerza Armada dando inicio a la fase final de la Operación Libertad.
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) April 30, 2019
“Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the constitution have come to our call,”
In a video released on Twitter, Venezuela’s Juan Guaido says he has military support to take power pic.twitter.com/7DTtGIwnHA
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) April 30, 2019