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Venezuela: Opposition calls for nationwide protests May 1 /update 1

Opposition leader calls for “the largest march” in country’s history May 1; heightened security presence and localized disruptions to traffic are possible over the coming week

23 Apr 02:08 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/11/2019, 12:30 AM until 4/14/2019, 12:29 AM (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Northern Venezuela, Caracas
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Event

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for "the largest march" in the country's history to take place Wednesday, May 1, in an effort to maintain pressure on President Nicolás Maduro to resign. Guaidó has yet to confirm any specific locations of the May 1 demonstrations; however, unconfirmed reports claim that protesters may march on the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas. Associated demonstrations are likely in other cities nationwide. 

A heightened security presence and localized disruptions to traffic are to be expected over the coming week.

Context

Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás 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.

Advice

Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by their home governments, keep battery-operated devices fully charged whenever possible due to periodic power outages, remain vigilant for criminal behavior and avoid conspicuous displays of wealth, refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media, and avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence and arrest. In addition, individuals are advised to be cautious when driving or crossing streets if traffic signals are not functional.

The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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