The opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a nationwide protest on Friday, July 26. The protests are aimed at continuing to pressure President Nicolás Maduro in the ongoing crisis.
Protests in Caracas, the capital, are likely to be the largest. Though times and locations were not immediately available, gatherings should be expected across the city. Considerable disruptions are expected, as several thousand people participated in a similar protest in the capital on Saturday, July 20.
Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected near all protest sites. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out. Further protests in the coming days and weeks are also likely.
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.
Individuals in Venezuela are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence and arrest, and anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence.
The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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