Various civil society organizations are planning to stage a demonstration in San Juan (Puerto Rico) on Thursday, February 14, to express solidarity with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and to denounce a potential US military intervention against Maduro's government. The demonstration is slated to begin at 17:00 (local time) in front of the Federal Court in Old San Juan.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are possible near the demonstration site.
The current Venezuelan 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 San Juan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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