Opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó has called for new opposition-led anti-government protests on Tuesday, February 12, aimed at ousting the government of embattled President Nicolás Maduro and demanding to let humanitarian aid into the country. Thousands of people are expected to gather in urban centers, notably in the capital Caracas. In addition, a vigil will reportedly take place at Plaza Bolivar de Chacao in Caracas from 19:00 to 07 :00 (local time) on February 13.
Additional opposition-led protests are to be expected in Caracas and elsewhere across Venezuela over the coming days and weeks as the political crisis continues. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near demonstration sites. Associated clashes between security forces and opposition protesters are likely.
The current crisis was spurred by Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state. Guaidó indicated that opposition leadership is in contact with military officials to discuss forcing Maduro out, although he has declined to provide additional details.
Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest, refrain from discussing political topics in public, and adhere to all instructions issued by their home governments.
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