Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó continued to hold anti-government demonstrations throughout Venezuela, including in the capital Caracas, through Wednesday, May 1. According to local health officials and NGOs, at least one person was killed and 46 others wounded during clashes between protesters and security forces. A woman was shot and later died at a hospital in the Altamira area of Caracas. Additional violence was reported near Generalísmo Francisco de Miranda Air Base, where opposition supporters have been gathering since Tuesday, April 30. There were also unconfirmed reports of a man being shot dead by municipal police in Cumaná (Sucre state). Protests are expected to continue throughout the country in the coming days. During a rally in Caracas on Wednesday, Guaidó called for staggered strikes to take place until a general strike is held at a later date. Continued clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of President Nicolás Maduro civilian and security forces are likely.
On Tuesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an order late (local time) Tuesday, April 30, prohibiting US air operators from transiting Venezuelan airspace at an altitude lower than 26,000 feet (7925 m). Other disruptions, including to internet and social media platforms are likely in the near term. Heightened security measures and transportation and business disruptions are also expected.
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.
On Tuesday morning, Guaidó called for a military uprising to oust Maduro, which was followed by fighting between pro- and anti-Maduro security forces. The extent to which members of the military have switched their allegiance to support Guaidó remains unclear. US diplomatic authorities have reported that the situation on the ground remains fluid and "confused." At least 52 people were injured during the demonstrations, including several who were hit by a National Guard armored vehicle that ran into a crowd of protesters.
Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, keep battery-operated devices fully charged when possible due to periodic power outages, remain vigilant for criminal behavior and avoid conspicuous displays of wealth, refrain from discussing political topics on social media or in public, and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest. Travelers flying near Venezuela are advised to maintain flexible itineraries.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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